Toronto Raptors Report Week 14: Is Amir Johnson the Raptors' Top Player?

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Amir Johnson #15 of  the Toronto Raptors dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 108-102.   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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The streak is over—and in this case—it's a good thing.

The Raps finally snapped their losing streak, which lasted a season-long 13 games. Raptors fans everywhere struggled through this time period.

At least it's finally over.

I would like to take this time to bring up a case for Amir Johnson being the Raptors most complete player, offensively and defensively. 

Over the past five games he's averaged roughly 18 points and 10 rebounds, which are more than solid stats for a guy who's not even close to 100% healthy. 

He's easily the Raps' most efficient player, and he shoots the 5th highest field-goal percentage in the league (for players who've played more than 40 games). Not bad for a guy who's been labeled with one of the worst contracts in the league. 

While being an efficiency king, Amir has also been one of the Raptors best defenders and rebounders, and he's earning every penny of that contract. 

On another note, the Raps gave the D-league's leading scorer Trey Johnson another ten-day contract. 


Onto the report: 

Record: 1-2

Performance on a scale of 1-10: 5.5 


Here's a recap of the four games: 


Raptors @ Pacers, L 93-104


For a team that was on an eight-man rotation, the effort wasn't bad. The Raps were down by a huge margin and battled back to make it a contest again, though it wasn't enough to secure the victory on the road. Johnson was solid. 


For a team that was on a huge losing streak, the Raps sure didn't play like they wanted to snap it. They were down early and down big. That's not a recipe to win games, especially on the road. The Raps will have to do a better job on the road to win those games.

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Ask Sachin

Why do you think Sonny and DeMar cannot play together? Is it that there is competition between the two? - Kevin Ji

I don't know if it's a competition, or if their styles of play don't fit, but something is definitely up. DeRozan's numbers have taken a huge hit since Weems' return, and he's still been getting his minutes. Is he not getting the ball enough? Could be.

Regardless, if they can't play together, Weems needs to go.

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