I was struck, when reading SI.com’s Toronto Raptors page, by the unflattering discrepancy between the combination of offensive (13th) and defensive (21st) Raps rankings, and SI’s Power Ranking (26th). In other words, our statistical capability is dramatically ahead of our game results. It’s time to learn how you feel about Dwane Casey. Is he a good coach struggling to grab wins with an inferior roster, or an overrated cheerleader whose poor decisions in crunch time have cost us numerous victories? I’ll offer a middle ground for those of you who think we won’t really know how good Dwane is until next season (?), when the roster is presumably more settled.
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The results of the poll about which Raps, if any, are untouchable in trade, was remarkable in its variety. A plurality of you want our kids (Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross) off the table, and DeMar DeRozan was close behind in your hearts. Amir Johnson is also held in high regard. There were plenty of voters who took offense at the very notion of untouchable players. Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani were the tail-enders, but with respectable numbers.
For the record, I think Bryan Colangelo has demonstrated via the Jose Calderon/Ed Davis trade that he will make in-season moves if he thinks they will help the team. OK, BC, you’ve made your point – at least for now, that’s enough. I understand the “There’s no such thing as untouchable” perspective, however, at this moment, with this team, I don’t agree. My untouchable votes would be for the kids and Amir, who’s not a superstar in the making, but whose grit is virtually irreplaceable. As for the non-untouchables, unless the deal is an absolute knockout, I’d being saying “No” a lot.
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