Archive for the ‘Click and Roll’ Category

  • The LA Times profiles DeMar DeRozan, but they’re seeing something I’m not when they say “He has shot the basketball well” — DeRozan’s field goal percentage (.414) is down 8.4 percentage points from last season (.498). (LA Times)
  • Andrea Bargnani continues to look awful when evaluated with advanced metrics — his minus-0.048 wins produced per 48 minutes ranks him dead-last (behind Michael Olowokandi) among the last 12 first overall picks. (NBeh?)
  • It appears that Jay Triano isn’t thrilled with how shot-happy Sonny Weems has been so far: “Sometimes (Weems) gets confused with trying to score as many points as he can.” (Toronto Star)
  • Erick Dampier is still a free agent after his verbal agreement with Houston fell apart, and rumor has it he’s targeted Toronto as his ideal situation. Don’t do it, Bryan! (Hoopsworld)
  • When the Raptors traded Marco Belinelli for Julian Wright in the off-season, who thought he’d be the starting two-guard for a 6-0 team? Maybe he worked on his shooting from long-range — and I mean really long-range, like this 70-footer he buried against the Bucks on Saturday. (The Basketball Jones)
  • It’s pretty clear that Reggie Evans is the de facto leader of this team based on quotes like this: “We’re not doing what the coach wants us to do. We weren’t playing weak side, we weren’t helping each other out. I was just letting the guys know. I was putting the thought back in their heads, how we got to do this, this and this.” (Toronto Sun)
  • Eric Koreen points out that the Raptors’ point guard tandem of Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon is shooting just 34.4 percent from the field so far — considering how poor they are defensively, that has to improve if this team is going to compete. (National Post)
  • The Raptors are one of about seven teams that might have some interest in free agent center Earl Barron. I say they should take a pass here — he’s terrible. (RaptorsHQ)
  • A blog called “Samsquanch” breaks down the Raptors’ performance after four games. (Samsquanch)
  • Basketball-Reference.com posts NBA team schedule-adjusted offensive and defensive ratings up to this point — the Raptors are 18th in offence and 22nd in defence. The Heat are first in offence and second in defence. (Basketball-Reference.com)
  • Some bitter Cleveland fans have answers to LeBron’s questions from his Nike ad — this is equal parts awesome and cringeworthy. (The Basketball Jones)
  • If we can read into this Jay Triano quote a little, it appears that he wanted the Raptors to attempt a game-tying three-pointer in that possession where Linas Kleiza drove the lane (and missed the bucket) instead: “I thought we had Andre on a lift once for a three and he put it on the floor; I thought Linas had a chance for a three; I thought Jose could have pulled the trigger a couple of times.” (Toronto Star)
  • It only took three games for people to start noticing that the Raptors don’t really have a “go-to guy” in late-game situations. (Toronto Sun)
  • Jay Triano wants the Raptors to show more commitment and effort in their transition defence. (Toronto Star)
  • The Raptors play the Jazz tonight, and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has respect for Andrea Bargnani’s offensive game: “He really spreads the floor for them, and how do you guard him? With a small guy? With a big guy? You put a big guy on him, he’s out there. And if you go small, he can post you up inside.” (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Reggie Evans thinks that Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins should learn to respect his elders. (Toronto Sun)
  • I’ll admit that I don’t really understand the “Wins Produced” stat, but this spreadsheet indicates that Reggie Evans is the Raptors’ MVP so far and he’s ninth in the league in total wins. (NBeh?)
  • Jose Calderon has been struggling with his shot so far this season, but Jay Triano thinks he’s making up for that with an improved effort on defence. (Toronto Star)
  • DeMar DeRozan’s first game of the season in his home state of Cali will most likely turn out better than last season’s debut in the Staples Center — he shot 1-for-4 with two points against the Clippers in that game. (Toronto Sun)
  • Bryan Colangelo maintains that he couldn’t have known how the Turkoglu acquisition was going to turn out: “If I was given all the same circumstances, and again no foresight as to what the outcome was, I still think I’d make the same deal.” (Toronto Star)
  • A panel of advertising experts suggest the best ways to market a Raptors squad that probably won’t have any All-Stars or make the playoffs. Two of the three experts think the Raptors shot an airball with the “Young Onez” website. (Toronto Star)
  • Here’s a creative way to profile the Atlantic Division teams — by comparing them to classic hip hop albums. The Raptors are matched up with Gangstarr’s “Moment of Truth”. (Raptors HQ)
  • Leandro Barbosa should be in the lineup tonight against the Knicks, but he’ll need surgery on his right wrist at some point. (Globe and Mail)
  • Some refreshing honesty from Bryan Colangelo: “This year, we’re arguably a team that’s going to have to overperform to make the playoffs.” (National Post)
  • It doesn’t usually bode well for the season when your coach (Jay Triano in this case) describes your team like this: “We like to think we’re going to be a very scrappy team and a team that can put some points up.” (Toronto Star)
  • MLSE is going to try dynamic pricing with 1,300 tickets for every Raptors home game this season — you’ll be able to buy tickets online at a price that will vary depending on the supply and demand for that particular game. In theory, this means you can probably snap up tickets for a Grizzlies-Raptors game dirt cheap if you wait until a few days before the game. (Toronto Star)
  • Reggie Evans has a tough assignment guarding Amar’e Stoudemire tonight, but he doesn’t sound intimidated: “You can’t run from nobody. This is the NBA. You can’t run from me. I mean, my heart don’t bleed Kool-Aid. I really don’t care. You have to play Amare. You have to play Chris, You have to play (them all).” (Toronto Sun)
  • Steve Buffery nails it with this column pointing out that the Raptors will not be one of the teams considered for contraction if the NBA tries to go that route. (Toronto Sun)
  • Let’s close with this breezy interview with DeMar DeRozan. He loves Toronto! And Kanye West! And steak! Hey, so do I. DeMar’s my kind of people. (Eye Weekly)