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The Raptors are not overrun with good defenders but are lucky enough to have three young players with the potential to become good, perhaps even great defenders…they just need to play them more and find them the right coach.
Ed Davis is a long PF who can rebound, block shots and who shows a willingness to stay active and engaged on the defensive end of the ball, which is great to see in a young big man.
Raptors fans should be very happy with what they saw from Davis in his rookie season, and over the next couple of seasons he will look to add strength and become a better overall defender, in addition to already being a good shot blocker. With the right people working with him and if given adequate playing time Ed Davis should develop into both a good post defender and a good—even very good—rebounder.
James Johnson and Amir Johnson:
Both James and Amir Johnson have the potential to become good defenders but they must both find a way to play defense without committing a ton of fouls.
They are both good shot blockers but with improvements in both discipline and defensive awareness, they could play good defense without fouling and improve their defense on and off the ball. The potential is there, they just need to tap into it. Do not worry, though, I have a suggestions for how they can do that later on in the slideshow.