In the aftermath of Toronto’s 4th consecutive defeat, last night at Sacramento (Tor 100, SAC 1006), there are
at least 3 different options which the team has heading towards this evening’s game at Utah:
A) Maintain the status quo;
B) Restore TJ Ford to the Starting Unit, exchanging roles with Jose Calderon; and,
C) Re-configuring their ‘rotation’ in a novel way.
Q1. What SHOULD be the next step for the Raptors to take this season?
A1. While returning Ford to the Starter’s role is one available option … at this point in time, it would be the wrong one to take.
The move to make … the move a top notch NBA organization – e.g. San Antonio, LA Lakers, Detroit, etc. – would make … is re-arranging the Starting Unit and, therefore, the 2nd Unit in a novel way … by:
i) Removing Ford from the rotation completely;
ii) Re-establishing Calderon’s ‘minutes played’ (i.e. 35+) to what they were when the Raptors recently went 3-3 vs +.500 W-L record teams (i.e. during their ‘Key Stretch of 19 Critical Games this season’, prior to Chris Bosh’s injury) and dominated the weak sister teams in the league (i.e. to the tune of 9-4);
iii) Shifting their best remaining scorer to the bench, from the Starting Unit (i.e. Anthony Parker), allowing him to come into the game at either the PG or the OG position;
iv) (thereby) Shortening their ‘Guard rotation’ in CB4’s immediate absence;
v) Shifting Andrea Bargnani to the 2nd Unit;
vi) Inserting Kris Humphries into the Starting line-up, to begin the game with more Energy, Rebounding & ‘banger-type’ Post D … beside Rasho Nesterovic;
sad sack Joey Graham into the starting line-up … to create at least the appearance of a more ‘physical’ First-5;
vii) Shifting either Jamario Moon or Jason Kapono into the Starting Unit, as the Off-Guard;
viii) Limiting Carlos Delfino’s role to that of a ‘Reserve for the 2nd Unit’, getting something less than 15 MP/game;
ix) Using the following 8-man rotation: Calderon, Kapono/Moon, Graham, Humphries, Nesterovic, Parker, Moon/Kapono, Bargnani, exclusively, until Bosh returns; and,
x) Establishing, in no uncertain terms, that …
I) This is (now) Calderon’s team to run;
II) This team will not tolerate the body language & decision-making Ford has displayed on this road trip;
III) Rebounding & Defense … not Offense … are the staples of this team;
IV) Doing what is best for this organization is what’s most important … rather than what a specific individual may want.
A 1st-Class basketball operation … like San Antonio, LA Lakers or Detroit … would not waste any time or resources trying to go backwards in time, to a point at which Pandora’s Box (i.e. the Forderon situation) was still closed and the Genie had not yet been released from its magic lamp.
A 1st-Class NBA operation … with a top notch GM & head coach at the helm (i.e. San Antonio) … would concentrate (exclusively) on going FORWARD from here.