Raptors Team After Trade Deadline
The trade deadline is now history.
Teams made all the their adjustments completed their rosters. Many players changed places and many teams changed their rosters from few players, to many (e.g. New York and Denver who almost switched the starting five)
What did the Raptors do? Let us check our roster and potential future changes.
PG: Calderon, Bayless (Barbosa)
Calderon is invaluable. He lost his scoring ability but he helps team play more than anyone else. He must stay.
Bayless is a young combo guard with potential. He is more a SG than a PG, something he is trying to change. From what I’ve seen, he must work harder to get a starting position. He could stay unless the team goes for a PG draft pick.
Barbosa is only a solution if someone from the above is unavailable. His position is SG
SG: DeRozan, Barbosa (Weems)
DeMar is a player who is showing every day the work he is doing. He is improved very much from the previous season, and I believe that he is going to improve even more and become the best Raptor. He must definitely stay.
Barbosa is a great asset for the team. The coach knows he has a player on the bench that can contribute ASAP when he is on the court. He is too important to be traded at the end of the season.
Weems is more “3” than “2”. But I believe that he must play as a SG, if he wants to stay. Till know, he shown inconsistency. His contract is expiring. He has similar body and basketball type as DeRozan. These are some drawbacks for him, staying at the Raptorland or not. He must show that he can make the difference and be consistent.
SF: Weems, J. Johnson, Wright, Kleiza
Kleiza is out for a year, so….When he gets back, he must show consistency too.
I would like to be as optimistic as many fans here, who believe that he could be an impact player. I don’t know him at all. So I cannot judge him. I just saw him playing against Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. I was not so impressed. His numbers (except D-League) were not superb. Reports say that he is a good, athletic offensive player who needs the opportunity to show his skills. Raptorland is the land for him.
With JJ’s arrival, Wright’s Raptor days are numbered.
PF: A. Johnson, Davis, Evans, Dorsey
Amir is a young player who improved a lot this season. His contract is higher than his current ability, but he is showing that his potential is higher too.
Davis has the potential to be better than Amir. He must stay.
Evans showed energy that nobody else in the team did, until now. His expiring contract, his age and injuries and his offensive disability may not help him renew. I like him.
Dorsey is a mediocre player. The team needs players who can make a difference.
C: Bargnani, Ajinca, Alabi
Andrea is not a center. He is a long range PF. But, even in “5”, he is shown improvement offensively. He must work really hard on defense, not only in rebounding. He seems to be loyal. He must stay, unless the GM trades him with a top class player.
Ajinca is playing few minutes, but from what I’ve seen he is a good player, better than Alabi right now. So if someone from both has to go, it should be Alabi.
Conclusion: Raptorland Rebulding Period
Raptorland is in rebuilding mode. The only acquisition (Johnnson from Bulls) is a part of this mode.
This team is a young one, with lack of consistency, bench depth and maybe talent.
Some players will go. These could be Evans, Dorsey, Alabi, maybe Weems, even Bayless.
The players who will come to the Raptorland, must be talented, with more experience and defensive awareness.
The rebuilding period should stop when the next season starts. Nobody wants to see a team that is struggling for more than one year.
Until then, we just want energy during the game, passion for victory, team play and attractive basketball (DeMar can assure for that!).