So the Raptors are reportedly on the verge of signing Torontonian journeyman centre Jamaal Magloire, and a lot of Raptors fans probably don’t know how to feel about it.
On one hand, fans may see the light in finally having a Canadian suit up for the Raptors after 16 long years. On the other hand, reasonable fans understand that the Raptors acquired a 33-year-old, 11-year veteran centre who hasn’t played more than 13 minutes per game in five years.
Sure, Magloire deserves praise for sticking around the league for over a decade and being just the second Canadian in NBA history to make an All Star game, but at the end of the day, he has been reduced to a roster filler who, as Scott Carefoot points out, wasn’t retained by a team who is going to sign Eddy friggin Curry.
Jamaal was a very good centre in the early-to-mid 2000′s, specifically when he averaged 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and over a block per game with the Hornets in 2003-2004, and some delusional fans may even see the benefit in starting a “true” centre at the five. But if that’s the case, then I’d much rather see Solomon Alabi start.
Magloire should be able to provide some quality minutes (and I mean LIMITED minutes) once in a while, maybe when the young guys are gassed, but I imagine this signing has more to do with the proud Eastern Commerce product’s potential as a veteran mentor and emergency player than as a consistent contributor. I also imagine that most Raptors fans are already aware of this.
Don’t get me wrong, it will be nice for about 10 seconds on opening night when Herbie announces Magloire’s name during the season-opening introductions, but that warm fuzzy feeling will fade about as quickly as Toronto’s playoff hopes.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a veteran big with good character to fill your bench, you could do a lot worse than Jamaal Magloire. I’m actually content with this minor acquisition.
I just hate the fact that after 16 years, the first Canadian to ever suit up for the Raptors is a fourth or fifth big off of the bench who will fight for minutes with Solomon Alabi.
I’m sure a lot of fans feel the same way. Just don’t take it out on Magloire – He’s achieved too much as one of the NBA’s Canadian pioneers of our generation to deserve that.