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Many teams, even after the trade deadline, made their movements in order to strengthen their roster. Toronto made only one, during the trade period.
The acquisition of James Johnson.
Now, after six games of his Raptors career, do you still believe he is talented enough to be a starter?
I wasn't thrilled watching him. He played better defensively than offensively. To be exact, he was terrible offensively. But he has the opportunity of proving me wrong.
Our record is such that we don't expect anything from the team this year. There is the opportunity for all the players, including Johnson, to play and prove they are good enough to be part of this team. I'm not THE basketball expert, so I hope he will prove me wrong, and become the small forward the team was looking for.
As I said, we must make plans for the future. Our focus must be in the Draft Lottery, free-agency and the potential trade market (if there is no lock out next year).
My opinion is that the team needs three good players. Two starters and one backup. To be more exact, one small forward, one center and one point guard. The small forward and center must be experienced enough to contribute right away. No more rebuilding periods. No more youngsters with high references, good college years but no NBA experience.
The point guard could be our draft pick, and become our second point guard behind Calderon.
Of course, the draft is a lottery. If there are any good small forwards available when we choose our player, we should pick him. If not, grab a point guard, and either Calderon or Bayless will no longer be a Raptor next season.