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25
Oct
07

Toronto Raptors Preview

Toronto is being touted as the Suns of the east, and that is very true. Everyone is writing, “They won’t sneak up on anyone.” That’s right, but they didn’t win 47 games by sneaking up on people, they won because the are good, and they will be even better this year. That’s not to say they will be 3rd in the east like last year, because the east has gotten much better, but they will be very good. Bargnani is developing nicely, and Kapono only helps their cause. The points guards are the best combination in the league and Anthony Parker is a great role player for this team.

Projected starting lineup with last year’s stats:
Stats follow this format – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG percentage & Minutes

PG – TJ Ford
14 – 3.1 – 7.9 – 1.35 – 0.11 – 44% & 30 min

SG – Anthony Parker
12.4 – 3.9 – 2.1 – 1 – 0.15 – 48% & 33 min

SF – Jason Kapono
10.9 – 2.7 – 1.2 – 0.57 – 0.03 – 50% & 26 min

PF – Chris Bosh
22.6 – 10.7 – 2.5 – 0.57 – 1.3 – 50% & 39 min

C – Andrea Bargnani
11.6 – 3.9 – 0.8 – 0.49 – 0.82 – 43% & 25 min

Key Bench Players

Jose Calderon
Juan Dixon
Carlos Delfino
Joey Graham
Jorge Garbajosa
Rasho Nesterovic

PG
TJ Ford is extremely talented and his stats woud be better, if he got more minutes, but that’s not going to happen because he has the best backup point guard in the league behind him, Jose Calderon. They are both extremely effective at running this offense, and their strengths are each other’s weaknesses, which is why they work so well together. Even still TJ is a good point guard to have on your team. You can see above that he’ll give you decent points with good assists and decent rebounds for a guard.

SG
Anthony Parker won’t give you much in the way of fantasy, but he’s great for this team in real life. He shoots a great percentage for a 2 guard and does whatever the team needs him to do on any given night. Juan Dixon will be the primary backup here, and he was well worth the trade for him. He can score and run the offense, but he won’t have much value in fantasy leagues. Carlos Delfino is the third man off the bench at SG because he hasn’t proven that he can be consistent in the NBA, so I have little hope for him, although he has the talent.

SF
Kapono was their big free agent this summer, so he will be starting, which is good, this was their weakest postion last year. He has an excellent 3 point shot, and he can score in other ways as well, but that’s about all he’ll give you… scoring. Joey Graham is the backup, and a good one at that. He is much more athletic and will crash the boards more than Kapono, but he doesn’t have the shot or the scoring ability of Kapono.

PF
Chris Bosh is the man! He’s one of the few 20/10 guys in the league, and he’s extremely versitile. I always hope for more assists, but I can’t complain since he’s blocking shots now. He is a true allstar and the heart of this team. Jorge Garbajosa will be coming off the bench and he’s a perfect fit for this team. He does a little bit of everything, but he won’t get the minutes, so he’s not worth a draft pick.

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C
I’ve been impressed with Andrea Bargnani’s development. He’s a deadeye from three with a quick release. He can also take you off the dribble and finish at the rim as well. I would like to see more boards, but that may take a little more time. People are labeling him as a breakout candidate this year, and I agree somewhat. He’ll improve dramatically, but he won’t give you the boards you need from this position, no assists, blocks or steals. Basically, he’ll only give you scoring and threes this year, so if that’s what you need, then he’ll be great.

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