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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: Toronto Raptors

Posted by Neil Paine on October 21, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

Toronto Raptors

Coach: Jay Triano

2010 Summary:
Record: 40-42, Finished 2nd in NBA Atlantic Division
Pythagorean W-L: 36-46 (19th of 30)
SRS: -1.83 (19th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 93.1 (13th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 111.3 (5th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 113.2 (30th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Jose Calderon 29 13.7 3.1 8.4 1.0 0.2 2.0 0.489 1.3 0.401 0.869
PG Jarrett Jack 27 14.6 3.7 5.7 1.0 0.2 2.5 0.468 1.2 0.388 0.845
PG Marcus Banks 29 14.5 4.0 3.8 1.5 0.5 2.5 0.472 1.2 0.311 0.771
SG DeMar DeRozan 21 14.8 5.1 1.4 1.0 0.4 1.4 0.508 0.2 0.305 0.772
SG Leandro Barbosa 28 19.5 3.7 3.2 1.3 0.4 2.0 0.456 2.0 0.357 0.861
SF Linas Kleiza 26 16.4 6.6 1.5 0.7 0.3 1.7 0.468 1.7 0.337 0.753
SF Sonny Weems 24 14.0 5.2 2.7 1.0 0.7 1.8 0.513 0.2 0.228 0.695
PF Amir Johnson 23 12.1 9.7 1.3 1.1 1.9 1.5 0.606 0.1 0.284 0.661
PF Reggie Evans 30 9.6 11.0 1.2 1.4 0.3 2.2 0.457 0.1 0.351 0.538
PF Ed Davis 21
PF Julian Wright 23 11.6 6.4 2.0 1.4 0.8 1.9 0.498 0.2 0.285 0.646
PF Joey Dorsey 27 12.2 9.5 2.2 1.0 0.7 2.1 0.461 0.6 0.358 0.619
C Andrea Bargnani 25 17.6 6.3 1.4 0.4 1.4 1.7 0.464 1.6 0.386 0.799
C David Andersen 30 14.8 8.0 2.0 0.7 0.5 1.6 0.435 1.1 0.345 0.699

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Scott Carefoot, raptorblog.com

With the departure of Chris Bosh to become the designated “grenade-catcher” for LeBron and Wade on South Beach club outings, the 2010-11 Toronto Raptors are counting on Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan to step up their roles in the offense and help shore up the team’s league-worst defense. If preseason is any indication, the outlook for that happening is grim.

As putrid as the Raptors’ defense was last season, their offense was almost as good. Unfortunately, a large amount of credit for that has to go to Bosh for his rare ability to score in high volume and at high efficiency. They don’t have anyone on their current roster who can consistently create their own offense like that. As such, Toronto’s team offense will likely drop from top-five to middle-of-the-pack while their defense and rebounding figure to remain subpar.

Whether or not Raptors management and fans are willing to acknowledge it, this will almost certainly be a rebuilding year for Canada’s team. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however – if they can land a potential superstar in the next draft, perhaps the Raptors will eventually break out of the cycle of mediocrity they’ve been stuck in for the past decade.

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