Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Jarryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis Paying Dividends!

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IIApril 12, 2011

The second half of this atrocious season has been filled with injuries to the main players on this raptors team.

Jose Calderon was injured and Andrea Bargnani has a nagging foot injury bothering him.

Both of these injuries come with a cost, but an even bigger income. This lead to the ball being distributed more among teammates and Jarryd Bayless getting his fair share with the starting PG role.

DeMar DeRozan has been a great offensive player for this team as well on defense. He is averaging an amazing 25 PPG in the month of April and has done so on an 46 percent shooting average.

He is taking a bigger role both offensively and defensively with the loss of Bargnani, and it seems to be working.

Not only is DeMar doing a very good job scoring points, but on defense, he is preventing his man score points and is using his quick hands to grab steals. Whenever there is a game that he grabs one steal, there is bound to be more than where that came from. He is averaging 1.4 SPG in the month of April.

Now onto Jarryd Bayless: This young player was brought to Toronto to be a future PG. You cannot really be a future point guard if you are sitting on the bench most of the game, so when Jose Calderon went down with injury, it was Bayless' time to step it up and show us what he is worth.

Bayless has been playing some of the best basketball of his career. His scoring numbers are beyond expectations and his defense is improving. One thing Bayless does need to improve on his ball movement; Bayless has been giving the ball away too many times recently.

Bayless has been averaging 23 PPG and six APG in the month of April. It seems as if when Bayless is given the reins to the Raptors offense, he can produce some very good numbers.

Ed Davis's stats have also seen an increase in the past two months. His offensive numbers and rebounding have gone up slowly, but surely ever since he got inserted into the starting lineup.

There are times where things do not seem to be going his way on both offense and defense, but that has not happened much recently. He is scoring more points and is being more aggressive with the ball in his hands.

He is getting double doubles like a piece of cake and it looks as if he will be a 15-10 player in the near future, possibly more.

The future of this team is these three players and with the way they have been playing, we hope it continues into the next season and for the distant future.

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