A look at the Bryan Colangelo era with the Raptors

Fans rejoiced as Rob Babcock’s reign of terror was over.

2006 brought a new beginning with a GM who’s resume was not only extensive but impressive.

Bryan Colangelo was the man’s name.  He had drafted Nate Robinson, Marcin Gortat, Stephen Jackson, Marion and Stoudamire. Traded for Joe Johnson and signed the now 2-time MVP Steve Nash.

Now 5 years later, it’s time to take a look at Colangelo’s time here in Toronto as his contract is winding down and questions need answering.

Here is the summary of his notable transactions as the Raptors GM.

2006 Traded Rafael Araújo for Robert Whaley and Kris Humphries
Traded Eric Williams, Matt Bonner and a 2009 second-round pick for Rasho Nesterovič
Traded Charlie Villanueva for T. J. Ford. 

Drafted Andrea Bargnani
Signed Jorge Garbajosa and Anthony Parker.

2007 Traded 2009 and 2011 second-round draft picks for Carlos Delfino 

Signed Jason Kapono

2008 Traded T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and the draft rights to centre Roy Hibbert for Jermaine O’Neal  


2009 Traded O’Neal and Jamario Moon for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks
Traded Marion and Kris Humphries for Devan George and Antoine Wright
Traded Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems for Delfino and Ukic
Traded Reggie Evans for Jason Kapono.
Traded Devan George for Belinelli 

Drafted Demar Derozan
Signed Hedo Turkoglu

2010 Traded Bellineli for Julian Wright
Traded Turkoglu for Barbosa 

Drafted Ed Davis


I admit I had the intention of backing up BC when I first started writing this post, but once you put all the transaction out in front of you like that you start to see a disturbing trend of trades gone arye.  It’s not so much that there aren’t a few good moves in the bunch, its more the fact that all the big moves are the ones that didn’t work out.  You’ve got the Kidd, Charlie V, TJ Ford, O’neal, Marion and Turkoglu deals all with zero impact on the current team.

His best deals were Amir + Sonny for Delfino + Ukic, Devan George for Belinelli, and Turkoglu for Barbosa.  Even looking at these “best” deals, when will any of them ever pay off?  Amir is a talented fouling machine, while Delfino is a good of player when he’s not injured. Belinelli was really skilled but went from dog house to gone pretty quickly.  Barbosa has been injured since he got here, and Turk is almost back to his old self in Orlando.  Not exactly any feathers in his cap here.

Where Colangelo has shined is at the draft table. Having taken Nate Robinson, Gortat (2nd round), Bargnani, Derozan and Davis in the last 6 years is impressive (no flop 1st rounders to mention), and Stoudamire, Marion and Stephan Jackson (2nd round) in years prior.


The truth is that BC is a first class kind of guy but his time in Toronto hasn’t been particularly memorable.  On the one hand, he has made alot of deals and signings that on paper looked like a good deal but has had none of them work out for the team.  Bad luck maybe, but at the very least he does try to rectify his mistakes quickly, but those haven’t worked out too well either.  On the other hand, he has been an asset at the draft table, so how’s about hiring him as a lead scout?

Either way, I trust that BC has given his all for this team and I certainly wish him the best if he’s no longer with Toronto next year.


3 Comments on “A look at the Bryan Colangelo era with the Raptors”

  1. GB says:

    Gotta disagree on the drafting…check his second round history…ugh…

    • kingcy says:

      Ya for sure he hasn’t had much luck in the second round here in T.O, but a couple of goodies on PHX with Gortat and Jackson. I purposely didn’t want to factor 2nd rounders when looking at his draft history because such a small percentage of 2nd rounders have decent NBA careers. It’s more of a bonus than a measuring stick in my eyes. San Antonio does a great job of getting quality 2nd rounders though (Manu Ginobili, Goran Dragic, DuJuan Blair and Luis Scola).

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