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Toronto Raptors – Mid-Term Report Card

If you read my Raptors preview I offered up an air of hope; I believed in our young players.  Although some of them, (primarily DeMar DeRozan), have flourished into stars; others – including our coaching staff and ownership – have taken two steps back.

Before I get down to grading it’s important to note that the franchise felt a major blow when former franchise player Chris Bosh bolted for Miami.  The hole he left was not fully realized until the regular season began, as his offence/defence has been missed.

Now to the grades:

Offence – B

Over the years the Raptors have had serviceable, if not simplistic, offensive strategies that utilized both Bosh and open look three’s.  The problem this year is they have no post presence and no shooters!  Luckily, players such as Bargnani, DeRozan, and the “when-healthy” Barbosa have been able to carry some of the offensive load.  That, coupled with a dynamic open court game filled with fast-breaks (again, DeRozan), have given the Raptors an adequate offence averaging close to 100-points a game.

Defence – F

The main problem with the Raptors lies with their anaemic defence.  Quite frankly their front court defending continues to be one of the worst in the NBA.  Jose Calderon could never work for the Secret Service because he can’t guard a thing.  The starting centre is one of the league’s worst rebounding big men.  Lastly, injuries to key rebounders such as Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans have the Raptors allowing a ghastly 105 points a game.

Coaching Staff – D

As proud as I am to have a Canadian head coach in the NBA Jay Triano and his staff have become prey to wiser men.  Call it a lack of experience, naivety, or the absence of key pieces on the floor but the staff has just not put Toronto in a position to win consistently

Ownership F

As much as I respect Bryan Colangelo and the MLSE, they have failed us as fans.  Our support base in this city is second to none (ask the Leafs); and Colangelo’s “3-Year Plan” has fizzled flat.  The main problem has been his “eggs in one basket” approach.  Cornerstones such as Calderon and Bargnani have been rewarded with expensive contracts that they’ve failed to live up to.  Working against management is often accompanied with playing in Toronto.  Most American athletes would just rather play at home.

Over-All Grade – D

If you got this report card as a kid you’d hide it, hoping your mom or dad would never find it.  It’s been a tough year to be a fan of the Toronto Raptors.  A combination of poor moves, poor play and injuries have really hurt our beloved team.  When you’ve only won 15 of 56 games there’s nothing but room for improvement.  Seats have been noticeably empty at the ACC, and if management doesn’t get their act together soon we may end up channelling the ghost of the “Vancouver Grizzlies”… if you catch my drift.

But look on the bright-side.

At least we’re not Cleveland!

Comments

  • Sharlene Gerontzos

    Amazing! Your blogs always have me laughing out loud. Too bad the Raptors are also laughable, just not in a funny joke kind of way.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Shar. It’s been a tough year for sure. We’ve watched a bunch of games together and its rarely been fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    Hate being on a losing team and I fucking hate living in a losing city. The teams Euro trash is precisely that (although you get a good game out of Bargnani 1 out of 5… maybe he needs to eat more pasta). I feel for DeMar, his numbers and game would only flourish playing for another team.
    Amir, Sonny & DeMar need a coach to help ground and direct them. Toronto needs some real owner ship… it feels too much like the Grizz.

    Great report card, we’re definitely riding the short-bus this season

    • Anonymous

      It was always going to be hard when we lost Bosh for a trade exception. We just dont have enough talent. Next years M.O needs to be a star who scores and go from there.

  • Anonymous

    This is a very precise and thought out take on the Raptors. It is critically sound and basketball savvy… i like that. Otherwise the Raptors are shit and always will be. No MLSE team will ever win a championship… EVER!

    Great work Johnny… so happy to have some sports to read again ;)

  • Anonymous

    This is a very precise and thought out take on the Raptors. It is critically sound and basketball savvy… i like that. Otherwise the Raptors are shit and always will be. No MLSE team will ever win a championship… EVER!

    Great work Johnny… so happy to have some sports to read again ;)

  • Anonymous

    This is a very precise and thought out take on the Raptors. It is critically sound and basketball savvy… i like that. Otherwise the Raptors are shit and always will be. No MLSE team will ever win a championship… EVER!

    Great work Johnny… so happy to have some sports to read again ;)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks man. As much as what you said may be true I still love the Raptors for the simple reason as I rep this city. They arent my favorite team in the NBA but they do have my heart. Hope against hope that one day the re-gain some respectability in the league so we won’t be laughingstocks in North America!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    I don’t know shit about sports, but these pieces are always so well written that when I’m reading it, it actually feels like I do.

    Props all the way Godfather. Nice job.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks jedi-in-training! We need to hit a Raps game together and I’ll show you the ropes!

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