With so much young talent on the Raptors and with five starting caliber players coming off the bench, you've got to ask yourself, "Who is going to be the raptors main X factor?"
Now, this doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as the sixth man, or who gets the most minutes off the bench. It's who provides the Raptors with that little bit of extra pop or momentum off the bench.
Let's take a look at possible candidates.
Reggie Evans, who started a few games last year for the Philadelphia 76ers and started the majority of games two seasons ago, is a player that the Raptors have needed for some time. He won't be under-utilized.
He elevated the 76ers from one of the worst rebounding teams in the league to the top 15. He gave them some serious hustle on defense. This is exactly what is expected of him in Toronto.
Should he be able to continue his ways, the Raptors, being a poor rebounding and defensive team, will make Reggie look that much better and he may be the prime X factor.
Antoine Wright is a tough defensive player and decent offensive weapon who started for the Mavericks last season. At the age of 25, he can only improve and could definitely have an explosive year.
As the main backup to Turkoglu, and maybe seeing some time behind DeRozan, he will have some definite minutes to show what he's got.
Could this be the year?
Marco Belinelli is said to be backing up DeMar DeRozan to start the season, but might take over the starting position. He is a proven starter, a good shooter and a decent defender.
Marco may be the secret weapon the Raptors were looking for...
We all know about Rasho Nesterovic and his capabilities, but I don't think he'll be the main X factor. He always contributes and sticks to what he needs to do to help. This will help the Raptors quite a bit this year.
Keep up the good work Rasho cause you know, we love ya!
Jarrett Jack, who some say could already take over the reins from Jose Calderon, is a good defender and a good offensive player. If he already has the ability to play starting PG, I'm intrigued to see how much better he'll be off the bench.
He provides the Raptors with some definite depth at point guard, something that was missed last season. He is very eligible to be the main x-factor, but will he be?
Quincy Douby is happy to be a Raptor and says he's ready to help the team to his full ability. He may just have a breakout season.
Quincy could shock us all and be Toronto's primal X factor this season.
Right here we have the unknowns: Patrick O'Bryant, Amir Johnson, Marcus Banks, and Sonny Weems. They all have the ability, but have yet to figure out how to properly utilize it.
If someone were to become inactive in the 12-man rotation, one of them, or maybe more, will get their time. How they will use it nobody knows, but hopefully they prove all their critics wrong.
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