Let us all rejoice, as the NBA season can finally continue on like the play above.
While we all associate the NBA dunk contest with high-flying acrobatics and gravity-defying thinking, I have always wondered about those players that are not as gifted, not as agile and the inability to jump high (like me). While browsing through a forum I frequently visit, I bumped into the bizarro world of dunking. The anti-dunking A.K.A getting stuffed by the rim. I found myself crying with laughter but also finding solace in the fact that NBA players can feel what I have felt all my life, the inability to fly.
Without further ado, I present to you the Geroge Costanza’s of the Dunk Contest, aptly named the Anti-Dunk Contest.
#10 Hedo Turkoglu shows us he will never get sponsored by Air Turkey
#9 Andray Blatche: Displaying his “finesse” style of Basketball
#8 Joel Anthony – Making Canada “Proud”
7 through 1 – after the jump
The Show Stopper in Ultra-Mo video
Gifs after the Jump
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
|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
|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.
This hasn’t been the most pleasurable of seasons for the Raptors and their fans (15-41 seasons rarely are), but fans can take solace that there is some hope for the future.
Without further ado, heres a look at our takes on the performance of the current Raptors squad up till now.
|PLAYER||Brownie Grade||Comments||Kingcy grade||Comments|
|Alexis Ajinca||C-||Good looking player, saw him hit a few jumpers in the last game against the Miami Heat. Seems like he has a lot of defensive awareness.||N/A||Has a good toolbox, with a nice looking jumper and overall mobility. He’s had a few chances to prove himself, so I’m not holding my breath here, but there is talent.|
|Solomon Alabi||N/A||You tell me. I don’t know whats up. He seems like a clone of Thabeet so far.||N/A||Wasn’t getting any time in the big show. Glad they sent him down to the D-league. Decent stats in the D, 9ppg 6.5rbs. Lacks mobility and offensive awareness.|
|Leandro Barbosa||C||Has been injured a lot this season. I think he could really help on a winning team as a good scorer off the bench don’t know if that’s what the Raptors need right now.||B-||An up and down season for the Blur. He’s been playing with a sore wrist for the entire year and has had to change his shot to adapt. He had a great stretch of games before his latest leg injury. A consistently dangerous offensive force who gives the bench some much needed pop when in the lineup, but may be the odd man out come deadline.|
|Andrea Bargnani||C+||Slumped during the middle of the season. Doesn’t grab boards but the team also isn’t using him like Dirk (which is why he was drafted). If he is the face of the franchise then he needs help because he is getting destroyed out in the media.||B-||Has stepped up nicely in Bosh’s departure and given the Raps a career high in points at over 21ppg. Rebounding and defense continue to be an issue with him. A terrible dilemma when you best scorer can’t help you get stops on the other end of the floor. Ideally he would be the 2nd offensive option in order to limit his minutes and maximize matchups.|
|Jerryd Bayless||B-||I like this guy. I think he has the tools to be a good PG but I don’t know if he can run a team. He can break down the defence and get to the rim at will but will he pass it out to the open shooters and slashers. I think he can learn.||B-||He’s showing me a lot of potential. Really impressive as a starter creating his own shot and getting others involved. Needs to accept his bench role better. Struggles to find his rhythm quickly coming off the bench unlike Barbosa.|
|Jose Calderon||C||Got his break with Jarret Jack being shipped out. I really don’t know how he fits as a player. He is solid PG without any defense but should that not make him a good bench player. I don’t know.||C+||Is slowly regaining the hype he had in the ’08-’09 season. A rock solid pass first PG if I ever saw one. He defense is a liability but atleast he tries. A good role model for the kids and one of the better leaders on the team. Don’t want to trade him come deadline, but it may be a necessity.|
|Ed Davis||B+||Showing a lot of potential as a PF. He could be a solid player in this league. His offensive skills still need some developing along with his free-throws but his defensive awareness and rebounding are great assets to build upon.||A-||The new old Chris Bosh? His game looks mighty familiar to that of the former face of the franchise as a rookie. Great knack for the ball around the rim and a good finisher in general. If he adds some bulk in the off season and a 16 footer, look out.|
|DeMar DeRozan||A||Really started coming on after a “slow” start at the beginning of the season. His shot and mid-rage has developed quite a bit. Triano knows how to use him (giving him a lot of screens). We are just waiting for him to take his game to the next level.||A-||Big step forward from Demar. Has really worked hard on his jumper. Now possesses a good step back fade and off screen pop. Playing with a lot more confidence and it really shows. Starting to be become a consistent #2 scoring threat on the team. Nice showing in the rookie/soph game too.|
|Joey Dorsey||C-||Rugged power-forward. I like him. He gives the team toughness||B-||I wanted the Raps to trade/sign for him or Amundsen since I saw them in summer league in ’08. Great rebounding instincts, brings toughness and moderate skill. Opened some eyes with his performance as a starter. Hopes he gets a few more chances down the road.|
|Reggie Evans||B||Hear and soul of this team but setback with his injuries. Where will he be next season?||A||I’ll admit I wasn’t on board with having Evans on the team even though I was a huge fan of him in Seattle. What a story this guy is. Easily the least offensively skilled player in the league and yet heart and desire conquers all. Robin to Bargnani’s batman.|
|Trey Johnson||N/A||Haven’t seen him play.||N/A||Good basketball name.|
|Amir Johnson||B-||Needs to become more consistent but has been playing out of foul-trouble last week or so but latest injury is not good news.||B-||Where has this jumper come from recently? I love Amir’s game. Not sure how its gonna work out with him and Ed though. Maybe Amir can play center at some point. A Mr. Everything player that any coach would love if he could just stay on the court for more than 2 minutes without getting a foul.|
|Linas Kleiza||C-||Disappointment to say the least. I saw him in Denver, thought he was a really good player but just hasn’t been able to put it together yet. Injuries have derailed any effort to get into a flow.||C-||Can’t blame Colangelo for this one. Everyone thought it was good signing but it’s been nothing but a rocky road so far. Inconsistent shooting mixed with terrible dribbling skills is bad combination. He is effective in the post, but his game is a total rollercoaster at this point.|
|Sonny Weems||C||Injuries have hurt him quite a bit as well. It seemed like him and DeMar had equal opportunities at blowing up but Sonny just hadn’t had the chance with his injuries. He also needs to carve out a role on this team. It seems like he doesn’t really have that yet.||C||I had really high hopes for Sonny this year. He has a really smooth game, smoother than Demar’s, but his shot is not as good. He reminds me of rookie DeMar right now. A lot of peaks and valleys for him this season (noticing a trend with this team?) but luckily for him he doesn’t have a lot of competition at his position. Don’t be another Joey Graham please.|
|Julian Wright||C||Don’t quite know his role but he seems like a glue guy that does a little bit of everything but no one thing great.||C||Wasn’t a fan of his game for most of the season as he looked like a deer in the headlight on the court. Has great length and gets in the passing lanes well. Is proving to be a decent all-round asset for the team.|
It looks like I’ve been accused of having the worst proposal ever apparently. So lets look at SeanB’s arguments for a second.
First off, I wanna say that although I’m not a Bargnani fan, I not saying trade him for the sake of trading him. I’m looking at the long term implication of keeping him and his team leading salary (10mil over 5yrs, not horrible) in Toronto.
Oh and in case you hadn’t noticed, this is a bottom feeder team for the foreseeable future. Having Bargnani here or not will not change that fact, thats why it’s important that decisions about his future be made now while this team is still in the rebuilding phase.
Now for SeanB:
1) When you make a theoretical proposal and you’re name is not Brain Colangelo, you’re only interested in the main aspects of the trade. Bargnani/Mayo/Thabeet. The fact that theres a 3 million dollar balance in the trade is nothing. Memphis send you alittle cash or you send back a shit player no one cares about to cover the balance. I didn’t even mention draft picks to make it as simple as possible, and I do think the Raps deserve alittle more compensation coming their way.
MORE IMPORTANTLY, I’m pretty sure the Raptors are NOT over the cap, as ESPN has them listed with Peja (15mil) still on the roster. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, ITS A STUPID PROGRAM! Gee ive never seen a Lebron for Caron Butler and Beaubois trade work in NBALive2010 right?? Why not try Pau Gasol for Crittiton and Kwame Brown and Araon Mckie see if that works…
2) “Mayo still has a lot of potential but needs to go to a team like Minnesota” Hello? This is Minnesota. Same record, same problems, same rebuilding phase. If Mayo came here without Bargnani, he gets a shot at being #1 scoring option. Derozen moves back to his natural SF spot with his new found SG skills, and allows the better shooter Mayo to take the bulk of the shots and Derozen to mold its a Batum type player.
Mayo avg. 18.5ppg his rookie year without Zach Randolph. He avg. 17.5ppg with Randolph and Gasol and Gay and Conley all improving offensively. Bargnani has avg. 15ppg and 17ppg the last two years respectively as the #2 option with Bosh at his side. Hes up to 21ppg as the number #1 scoring option. Theres no reason not to expect Mayo not to have a similar jump in points as the number #1 option on a Raptors team.
3) Memphis is happy with Marc Gasol. Hes a a good center and deserves the minutes. Thabeet is on a rookie contract, so if they’ve decided to move on with Gasol, well then this is a good time to cut they’re loses as his value and salary are still intriguing at this point. Thabeet is still an incredible physical package. Jim Calhoun called him “one of the most dominant players in the history of college basketball.” How different is his game really to Tyson Chandler outta highschool and Roy Hibbert outta college?
Telling teams you have Alabi and Ajinca as your backup centers may cause extreme doubling over laughter. Ajinca is a decent project as a 12th man for now, but Alabi should not to rostered.
I’m not trying to the jeopardize the growth of the Raptors. This team has a lot of good young talent and I’m simply looking to add to that regardless of who the player is and whose toes I may be stepping on.