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Raptors Playbook – 1st edition

In this running segment, I will be attempting to break-down offensive and defensive plays of the Raptors. The purpose of this segment is double edged,. First, it is an attempt to provide a different dimension while watching the game and secondly it will provide insight into the development/digression of Raptors players.

Ex 1)

In the first play Sonny Weems fronts Gerald Wallace without having any help behind or without Amir Johnson pressuring the ball-handler: Boris Diaw. Ultimately, Bargnani provides help after it is too late. The fault here falls squarely on Weems, who does not fight with Wallace at the beginning and gets seal out and he cannot expect Amir to pressure Diaw at the 3-point line either.

Ex 2)

This play is a good example of how Andrea hedges out hard against the pick to prevent DJ Augustin from driving to the hole. Amir picks up the roll guy (Brown) and DJ passes the ball the Diaw. This makes DeMar hedges towards Diaw before getting back to Jackson, which gives Bargnani a chance to get back to Diaw and help disrupt the shot and evidently lead to a fast-break.


Compare the previous Bargnani hedge to the Ed Davis hedge. Davis is worried about his player diving to the hole which allows DJ to drive to the hole, luckily he misses. Eventually, Davis will learn that his help will be there and he can hedge out harder against DJ.


The last play is about DeMar DeRozan. We all know the improvement he has made ( The next step in his player development is his ability as a creator. In this play he tries to make a play in the middle. Generally in this situation, you see most PGs driving baseline and kicking it baseline 3-pointer. DeMar should have went up and hit Sonny cutting baseline towards the basket

Raptors trade for Bulls James Johnson

The Chicago Bulls have sent James Johnson to the Toronto Raptors for a draft pick, the team announced Tuesday. Bulls blog

The latest news from Bulls reporter Nick Friedell. Blog


The pick is the Miami Heat‘s first-round selection this year, which is owned by the Raptors.

Johnson was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Bulls out of Wake Forest, but the 6-foot-9 small forward has averaged career totals of just 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

“It [stinks],” Bulls center Joakim Noah said. “I consider J.J. a little brother. But he wasn’t playing a lot, and I wish him nothing but the best. And I hope that he gets an opportunity to get out there on the court and show what kind of player he is.”

The Bulls face the Raptors on Wednesday.

ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher first reported the move.’s Nick Friedell contributed to this report.


DeMar DeRozan Dunk Contest gifs. 2 gifs of Getting Robbed

The Show Stopper in Ultra-Mo video


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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.

RE:RE: Proposal: Thabeet + Mayo for Bargnani

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Reply Post:

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.

Scrap That: RE: Proposal: Thabeet + Mayo for Bargnani

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So today, Cy made the worst proposal ever. Thabeet & Mayo for Bargnani. It seems that he inevitably wants the Raptors to be bottom feeders for the foreseeable future and I am here to argue the various reasons this trade would never work and should never see the light of day.

Let’s talk about the pros before:

1) Mayo is a really good player – During his rookie year, he tried out for the US Olympic team and many of the starters of team (including Kobe) considered Mayo to be future of US Olympic Basketball. His offensive ability and his play-making skills are quite simply amazing. It’s a shame that he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Memphis.

2) Thabeet is tall … and that is it.

Now the cons:

1) This trade would never work in real life. I tried it out on the ESPN trade machin. Guess what Cy? It did not go through.

2) Mayo still has a lot of potential but needs to go to a team like Minnesota in order to develop. He needs the opportunity at being either the focal point or at least the second option on a team. There just aren’t enough shots in Memphis and I don’t think Toronto can give him that freedom either when we are developing DeMar Derozan. I don’t think DeMar is cut out to be SF and neither is Mayo. However, I do believe at this point, Mayo is more talented than DeMar but I am not sure about Mayo’s work ethic, exemplified by his declining stats over the last 3 seasons. It seems like he hit is prime when was 22 and now he is playing like a 34 year old player at the tail end of his career.

3) Thabeet can’t even get off the bench before Darell Arthur to backup the center position. D. Arthur is 6’9. Even more concerning, you have to ask yourself, why is Memphis is trying to trade him before his rookie contract is even up? They must know that he is impossible to develop. He is slow, no offensive game, haven’t seen much of his defense either (even though he was drafted for his defensive prowess). The Raptors already have a center project and that is Alabi and we recently added Ajinca (who I like a lot) but our trainers can’t take on Thabeet as well. Sometimes people have to realize that there are a lot of Robert Swifts in the NBA and not everyone is a Hakeem.


So Cy what you are telling me is, we trade a 7-footer with Dirk Diggler like skills for a slow-footed, sushi raw center and an underachieving SG, who would jeopardize the growth of the young players of this team.

Listen, we are still fresh off losing Bosh and Andrea hasn’t had the chance for a team to be developed around him like a Bosh or Carter. To expect results from Bargs, without this important aspect is a premature decision.