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Toronto Raptors Player Updates After 20 Games

Stephen Brotherston@@ProBballNBAAnalyst IDecember 4, 2009

TORONTO- MAY 1:  Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors goes down with an ankle injury late in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . Raptors win 98-96. 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 Graig Abel/Getty Images)
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At the 20 game mark, our favorite NBA players and teams should have started to “gel”. The Raptors five game losing streak not withstanding.

Individual statistics might still be skewed by some unusual early season results, but things should be starting to average out.  And some trends might have even begun to start.

The quarter poll is a great time to review how the Raptors’ players have rounded into form.

Jose Calderon

Jose Calderon had a tough start to this year’s NBA season and during the first five games  he averaged: 11 points;  5.8 assists; 1.6 turnovers; and shot 41.6 percent from the field.

But since then, Calderon found his offensive game and has improved those averages to: 12.2 points; 6.4 assists; while shooting 50.8 percent.

And over the past 10 games, Calderon has upped his shooting percentages to 51.1 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three.

Jose has still not regained his 2008-09 statistics, but his game has improved steadily since the start of the season.

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DeMar DeRozan

The most impressive statistic DeRozan brought to start this season was his eight blocked shots in his first eight games. But when the Raptors started their four game western road swing, blocks took a holiday from the rookie.

In his first 20 NBA games, DeRozan has averaged:

7.2 points; 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals; 0.6 blocks; in 18.8 minutes per game.

He has shot 44.4 percent from the field and 40 percent from three.

Not bad for a rookie.

Hedo Turkoglu

In his first 10 games,Turkoglu averaged: 14.5 points; 4.7 rebounds; 3.5 assists; 0.8 steals; and 0.7 blocks. Hitting on 46.5 percent of his shots.

In his last 10, Turkoglu averaged: 13.7 points; 4.6 rebounds; 3.9 assists; 0.6 steals; 0.6 blocks. Hitting on 41.7 percent of his shots.

And these last 10 games are reflective of the fans disappointment in the lack of improvement in Turkoglu’s level of play.

Hedo Turkoglu really isn’t doing anything wrong. It is just that more was expected.

Perhaps the lower production is a result of Turkoglu getting 2.5 shots per game less than last year and the need to get him more fully involved in the Raptors offense?

Chris Bosh

In the first 10 games of the season Chris Bosh led his team with 27.7 points per game and went to the free throw line an amazing 129 times. Bosh was a beast!

In the last 10 games the “beast” has started to disappear as Bosh has averaged 20.4 points and been to the line just 79 times.

And in the last five games, Bosh’s averages have dropped to 18.4 points and 6.6 free throw attempts per game. In the recent game against Atlanta, Bosh failed to record a field goal.

Bosh has continued to be a “beast” on the boards however, averaging 12 rebounds per game.

Andrea Bargnani

In his first 10 games, Bargnani averaged: 19.3 points; 5.7 rebounds; 0.5 steals; 1.1 blocks; playing 34.4 minutes per game. Shooting 50 percent from the field and leading the Raptors in blocks.

In his last 10 games, he has averaged: 15 points; 6.9 rebounds; 0.2 steals; 1.2 blocks; playing 30.8 minutes per game. Shooting 47.1 percent and still leading his team in blocks.

During the Raptors five game losing streak, Bargnani has found Jay Triano’s dog house on occasion and his average minutes declined to under 30 per game during that period.

Jarrett Jack

Jack had a rough start to this NBA season. Playing well and poorly, often in the same game.

In his first 10 games, Jack averaged: 6.4 points; 2.5 assists; 2 turnovers; in 23.3 minutes per game. Shooting just 35.4 percent.

But over the past 10 games, Jack has averaged: 11 points; 4.9 assists; 1.4 turnovers; in 26.1 minutes. Shooting 48.7 percent.

Jack has played much better recently.

However for Jack play more than 16 minutes per game, the Raptors have been using a “ball-handling”, or “duo point guard” line-up with Jack and Calderon on the floor together.

This line-up has been a defensive disaster and can be directly traced to several Raptors losses this season.

Antoine Wright

Antoine Wright started this season having played in only one preseason game because of a knee injury. And he missed a week of play in November due to an ankle injury.

But until recently, Antoine Wright was a significant rotation player for the Raptors.

In 15 games, Wright has averaged: 4.1 points; 2.2 rebounds; in 17.5 minutes per game.  Unfortunately Wright has shot the ball at just 28 percent, making his five field goal attempts per game virtual turnovers.

Now it appears Antoine Wright has found himself deep in Jay Triano’s dog house and he was a DNP-CD in Atlanta. This after playing just seven to eleven minutes a game over the past four games.

Maybe his comments about the coach’s defensive schemes hit a nerve?

Marco Belinelli

The Raptors shooting star off the bench, Marco Belinelli, averaged : 8.2 points; 1 rebound; 1.6 assists; o.7 steals, in his first 10 games.  Shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from three.

In his last 10 games, he averaged: 9.7 points; 1.8 rebounds; 1.6 assists; 0.6 steals.  Shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three.

This is exactly how Belinelli’s play was advertised.  When Belinelli’s is hot, he is really hot.  When he goes cold, he still shoots!

No complaints, the Raptors need Belinelli.

Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson’s game has improved steadily over the course of the season.

In his first 10 games, Amir Johnson averaged: 4.5 points; 4.8 rebounds; 0.5 steals; 0.2 blocks; in 16.3 minutes. Shooting 59.3 percent.

In his next 10, Johnson averaged: 6.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals; 1.2 blocks; in 18.6 minutes.  Shooting 67.6 percent.

And over the past five games, Johnson has averaged 1.8 blocks per game.

Johnson has been a good pick-up for the Raptors.

The Rest

Reggie Evans remains out with a sprained foot for much longer than expected. The team has missed his presence.

Rasho Nesterovic has been very effective in spot duty but has only seen action in 12 games.

Sonny Weems has mostly played in “garbage-time” but in the three games where he got over 20 minutes, Weems showed poor shot selection going 13-34. Still an interesting prospect.

Marcus Banks and Patrick O’Bryant are not expected to play much, or often.

Quincy Douby was given his release and replaced by Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Pops has been unimpressive in his 43 minutes of play with the Raptors so far.

From the players’ statistics, one might reasonably have expected the Raptors to have a better record than 7-13. But this team and its players have not found anything resembling consistent play so far this season.

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