What piece of the pie … in Raptorville

Fish don’t fry in the kitchen
Beans don’t burn on the grill
Took a whole lot of tryin
just to get up that hill
Now we’re up in the Big Leagues
Gettin our turn at bat  
As long as we live
It’s you and me, baby
There ain’t nuthin wrong with that
We’re movin on up …

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Sobering questions for the rabid Raptors’ faithful:

1. Starting Year 3 of your current 5-Year Plan … Which of these two Player Rosters would you say is the better one? (if you were an unbiased observer)

2. How far ahead is the Roster you would choose, in comparison to your non-choice? (on the ‘Eventual League Champions’ continuum)

ROSTER A

NUM

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

DOB

  FROM

YRS

52

Calvin Booth

C

6-11

250

05/07/1976

  Penn State

9

22

Corey Brewer

F-G

6-9

185

03/05/1986

  Florida

1

14

Brian Cardinal

F

6-8

245

05/02/1977

  Purdue

8

10

Rodney Carney

F

6-7

204

04/05/1984

  Memphis

2

34

Jason Collins

C-F

7-0

255

12/02/1978

  Stanford

7

51

Michael Doleac (FA)

C

6-11

262

06/15/1977

  Utah

10

4

Randy Foye

G

6-4

213

09/24/1983

  Villanova

2

8

Ryan Gomes

F

6-7

250

09/01/1982

  Providence

3

25

Al Jefferson

C-F

6-10

265

01/04/1985

  Prentiss HS (MS)

4

42

Kevin Love

C-F

6-10

255

09/07/1988

  UCLA

R

35

Mark Madsen

C-F

6-9

250

01/28/1976

  Stanford

8

1

Rashad McCants

G

6-4

210

09/25/1984

  North Carolina

3

33

Mike Miller

G-F

6-8

218

02/19/1980

  Florida

8

32

Chris Richard (FA)

F

6-9

270

12/25/1984

  Florida

1

5

Craig Smith

F-C

6-8

250

11/10/1983

  Boston College

2

30

Kirk Snyder (FA)

F-G

6-6

225

06/05/1983

  Nevada-Reno

4

3

Sebastian Telfair

G

6-0

175

06/09/1985

  Abraham Lincoln HS (Brooklyn, NY)

4

or

ROSTER B

NUM PLAYER POS HT WT DOB   FROM YRS
8 Hassan Adams F 6-4 220 06/20/1984   Arizona 1
7 Andrea Bargnani C-F 7-0 250 10/26/1985   Italy 2
4 Chris Bosh F 6-10 230 03/24/1984   Georgia Tech 5
1 Primoz Brezec (FA) C 7-1 255 10/02/1979   Slovenia 7
8 Jose Calderon G 6-3 210 09/28/1981   Spain 3
20 Carlos Delfino (FA) G 6-6 230 08/29/1982   Argentina 4
14 Joey Graham F 6-7 225 06/11/1982   Oklahoma State 3
43 Kris Humphries F 6-9 235 02/06/1985   Minnesota 4
  Nathan Jawai F 6-10 280 10/10/1986   Midland Coll. TX (J.C.) R
24 Jason Kapono F 6-8 215 02/04/1981   UCLA 5
33 Jamario Moon F 6-8 205 06/13/1980   Meridian CC (MS) 1
  Jermaine O’Neal F-C 6-11 260 10/13/1978   Eau Claire HS (SC) 12
18 Anthony Parker G-F 6-6 215 06/19/1975   Bradley 5
  Willie Solomon G 6-1 185 07/20/1978   Clemson 1
  Roko Ukic G 6-5 183 05/12/1984   Croatia R

According to these eyes … neither one is very much ahead of the other, in terms of TOP NOTCH (overall) NBA talent … and both groups are still years and years away from ever supplanting the Big Dogs in their respective Conferences, e.g. the Celtics, Pistons, Cavaliers, Magic, Lakers, Spurs, Hornets, Blazers, etc., on the top step in the NBA.

Once a team is no longer a league-wide laughingstock … the journey up the mountain only gets more difficult from there.

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3 Responses to “What piece of the pie … in Raptorville”

  1. Jam Jam Says:

    ok are you serious?

    compare any team in the playoffs right now with any team who just lucked out in the draft and ya, potential versus reality looks pretty good. but ummm think about how that team lucked out in the draft… they were terrible the season before, and Minny was REALLY bad last year. Your trying to say that pretty much Big Al and rookie Klove makes this team scary. ya maybe in 2 years, but still then that team is no where near portland status in up and coming. Ya they’ve got maybe 3 other kids that potentially could be really good, but brewer, carney, and foye dont match up against any playoff teams bench right now.

    im not even a toronto fan, but honestly, compare these two teams now…. defensively Al and Oneal cancel each other out. Bosh walks over both Love and any forward you double him with. Kapono’s a better three man then Miller is now. Moon and Parker? two of the better defenders in the league versus Randy and Rodney? plus, how can you not laugh at a Calderon / Telfair match up???

    ya its a good hopefully comparison, but maybe you shoulda done it with the hawks or the jazz.

  2. khandor Says:

    JJ,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Actually … you’ve got the comparison in reverse. 🙂

    It’s not that the T-Wolves are a great team at all, in my eyes … but, that, neither are this year’s Raptors.

    * Telfair doesn’t start at the Point for the Wolves this season … at least, not if I’m coaching their team. Randy Foye vs Jose Calderon is the correct match-up.

    * In a real live NBA game … if you think Jason Kapono is a better ‘shooter’/player than Mike Miller … who was up for consideration on the ‘Redeem Team’ … I am not going to try and convince you otherwise. 🙂

    * The Raptors win the Bosh vs ??? (anybody on the Wolves roster) match-up.

    After that, however … and the edge Jose has over Randy, to this point in their respective careers … there are precious few other spots where the Raptors are significantly better than a generally lowly-thought-of-team like the Minnesota T-Wolves.

    Calderon — Foye
    Parker — McCants
    Moon — Brewer
    O’Neal — Jefferson
    Bosh — Love
    =================
    Ukic — Telfair
    Adams — Carney
    Kapono — Miller
    Humphries — Madsen
    Bargnani — Smith
    =================
    Solomon — Snyder
    Graham — Gomes
    Jawai — Doleac
    ??? — Booth
    ??? — Cardinal
    ??? — Richard
    ??? — Collins

    This can be a harsh dose of reality for the many Raptors fans who populate the blogosphere.

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