Raptors, Talent Is a Terrible Thing To Waste

Dexter BoucaudContributor IDecember 21, 2009

TARRYTOWN, NY - JULY 29:  Sonny Weems of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the 2008 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on July 29, 2008 at the MSG Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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I am a strong believer in the term that Practice makes perfect, but I am also a strong believer in experience over raw talent.  The Raptors five players that can be starting at the 2 spot on their roster, they are Sonny Weems, Marco Belinelli, Jarred Jack, Antoine Wright and DeMar DeRozan.  Lets exclude Jack as he is a call above these guys.  In my opinion the battle for this spot should have been between Sonny Weems, Marco Belinelli and Antoine Wright.  With Wright getting hurt in training camp he dropped out of the picture.  Thus leaving Weems and Belinelli.   I am purposely leaving DeMar out of this discussion because I don't think that he should even be in the discussion as a starter due to his lack of experience. 

Marco has been playing professionally since 2002 and also represented his country in the FIBA world championships and the Eurobasteball championships.  He is in his third year in the league playing under a offensive genius as a coach Don Nelson and knows what is necessary to play at this level.  He is a pure shooter with a high basket ball IQ.  He is a lot quicker and athletic then he looks. His downside is he isn't a great defender. His positives outweigh his negatives and it gives the team someone who can shoot so he has to be defended. 

Sonny ha played four years in college and was the leading scorer on his college team in his senior year.  He is in his second year in the league and spent his first season getting schooled by George Karl and was able to practice against 2 of the leagues premire offensive players in Melo and Cauncy.  He is freakishly athletic and a strong defender.  Attacks the rim religiously.  His downside is he isn't the best shooter, but that can be worked on.

The Raptors or even better Coach Triano is not using his players in the best way possible.  Am I saying not to not play DeMar; however I think they would benefit from using their more experienced players and bring DeMar along slower untill he is consistent.  If he starts outplaying them or developing faster and understanding his game better then play him more.


DeMar: 20.4 mpg, 78% ft, 3.2 rpg, .07 apg, 7.7 ppg

Belinelli: 18.7 mpg, 83% ft, 1.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 7.6 ppg

Weems:14.9 mpg, 45%ft, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 5.4 ppg

Given more minutes Weems and Beli would give the Raps more contribution and improve the starting lineup also.  Moving DeMar to the bench enables him to develope more things against other bench players and not really affect the team.