View Full Version : Top Ten Most Important Raptor's Next Season #7 (with poll)

08-12-2009, 08:37 AM
I thought I would start a poll to get Raptor fans opinion's of the top 10 most important Raptor's next season. This takes into account their ability to score, pass, rebound, block, steal, take charges, know rotations, add toughness, box out, set screens, run the fast break, bring energy, etc etc etc. I will add players as they become more relevant.

DeRozan takes the vote for #6. The voting again yielded a clear winner. Will number 7 be a bit closer?

So the question is, "Who will be the seventh most important Raptor next season!?"

1. Bosh
2. Bargnani
3. Turkoglu
4. Calderon
5. Jack
6. DeRozan

Don't forget, when thinking about "importance," consider how many minutes each player will get, where they will get their minutes, what role on the team they will occupy, how will that role address the strengths and weaknesses of the team, etc etc.

Here is a breakdown of some of the remaining names likely to compete for this spot:

Nesterovic: Nesterovic will bring experience and help mentor the younger players of this team as they continue to adjust to the NBA. He will take open shots, finish around the paint, box out his man and consistently be the defensive anchor on the floor when he gets his moments to play. He will make smart passes and safe decisions, knowing not to go beyond his role. He is a little slower than he used to be, but I expect him to be nothing short of solid when he is in the game.

Wright: Last year when Carlisle asked for someone to step up and provide defense and toughness, Wright was the man who made the most of the opportunity. Looking through the roster, that defense and toughness on the perimeter is lacking and will once again be needed when the Raptor's go up against the elite SG/SF's of the league. His offense may be limited, but if he sticks to the midrange, and shoots when defender's leave him open, I expect him to hit more than miss.

Evans: Toughness, Rebounding, Grit. How long has it been since we have seen a player of this mold on a Toronto team. His skills may not be refined, but he is another player that should know his role and mix things up under the basket. He will push around bodies, get some nasty fouls and create some drama on the court. The desired effect? A sense of adrenaline for the team as they continue to play.

Belinelli: I must say, my history on Belinelli is very limited. What I do know is that he is a very good shooter when he is on a streak. I expect to see some 20 point games from him, and some 2 point games from him. When he is streaking, he will ignite the offense with his offensive repetoire. And hopefully he will be a big part of some huge victories as Delfino was 2 years ago (ie. Win against Boston).

Douby, O'Bryant, Ukic and Banks: No one is sure whether these players will have the opportunity to crack the rotation, but Jay will reward effort and injuries are bound to occur. Will Ukic be able to continue his growth behind Jack and Calderon? Will he be able to slide over to SG if needed? After a strong summer league, perhaps Douby will be the one with the opportunity to show what he can do. O'Bryant, with his tall long frame, may get the not in a front court that only boasts 5 bodies. Can he show the team why he was drafted so high a few years back? Banks once recieved a large contract from Phoenix, will he get opportunity to show us why?

08-12-2009, 08:43 AM
i'd say Wright- an almost exclusive defensive specialist on the Raptors team. He'll play the part of Mikael Pietrus for Orlando. Defensive sub to guard against other team's best wing player when Derozan can't handle the heat.

08-12-2009, 08:51 AM
I went with Reggie Evans as I think his rebouding will be much appreciated but it's close with Belinelli and Wright.

Unruly Fan
08-12-2009, 09:10 AM
#7. Reggie Evan's energy off the bench & on the defensive end.

...not to mention rebounding

08-12-2009, 10:05 AM
How can Wright fall all the way to 7th. He will most likely start for us, and may have one of the most important jobs on the floor, shutting down the opposing teams best wing player every night...

08-12-2009, 10:20 AM
I fundamentally disagree with the list. Should be: Bosh - Turkoglu - Calderon - Bargnani - Jack - Wright - DeRozan

08-12-2009, 10:30 AM
Im surprised how far Wright has fallen as well... but it speaks of our depth. I chose Reggie this time because he will provide the energy, rebounding, accountability, leadership, and facilitate the growth in practice that Bosh and Bargs desperately need. I anticipate his game to influence two of our stars and that can not be under-estimated.

08-12-2009, 11:55 AM
Top 6 have been all about offense, but we need a lil D to win some of the close games.. Wright will be more important than Evans just because of the opposing 2/3's can burn us. Wright gets my vote.

08-12-2009, 12:18 PM
I think we are dead on with the poll so far. I debated picking between Wright and Evans primarily. I even thought about Rasho... Reason being is that the Raps never had a legit back up big last year for the most part. Once Bargs became our starter, our primary backup was a guy we signed on a 10 day contract (Pops).. Dont get me wrong, i love Pops but i dont think he is sixth man on any playoff team... anyhow, i ended up going with Wright only because he plays great defence and we needs that from him whether hes starting 2 or backup 3 behind Turk. If Reggie can bring his toughness and rebounding that he did to Philly then he would be a close selection as well.

08-12-2009, 01:43 PM
I fundamentally disagree with the list. Should be: Bosh - Turkoglu - Calderon - Bargnani - Jack - Wright - DeRozan

I agree...I might even put Wright ahead of jack.

08-12-2009, 01:45 PM
Rasho-he is going to be the anchor of the defense. I think he is going to be much more valuable then people realize, almost as a player/coach type of figure to our young big men.

08-12-2009, 02:08 PM
Marco-our second scorer off the bench

08-12-2009, 02:53 PM
Went with Reggie Evans for this 1.

08-12-2009, 03:15 PM
WoW I love having a bench. Imagine if this was last year our number 5 won't make the top ten. Oh ya gotta go with Wright need someone to defend the kobe's and Lebron of the world.

Frank Costanza
08-12-2009, 04:47 PM
franks going wtih his boy antoine wright,

saying it right now i say we will all fall in love with this guy and he will be a fan favorite this yr, his previous stops just werent the right situ and timing,

Honest Truth
08-12-2009, 05:23 PM
I wonder at what number/position do the players cease to be 'important' by definition. I mean, at a certain point they are far enough behind other people to be made far less relevant I would think.