Should the Toronto Raptors Tank for a Higher Draft Pick?

January 8th, 2011 by Bruce Jones Leave a reply »
What do we make of the Raptors' 2010-11 season?

Despite a horrendous 12-24 record, the team sits just three games out of a playoff spot, yet only four games ahead of NBA-worst Cleveland.

Last night, they lost by 20 points to a Celtics team without Kevin Garnett.

There were positives—DeMar DeRozan put up 20, Jose Calderon was efficient, Kleiza and Barbosa had good games.

But in my opinion, nothing on the current roster is worth getting excited over. Much to the disagreement of some local fans, the Raptors have perhaps the worst future outlook of any NBA team, being devoid of anyone harbouring potential to be a "franchise player" that championship teams are built around. 

Sure, you can argue your case about DeMar DeRozan and his explosiveness, but he's far from the full package with a 2-22 campaign from three-point land this season. Or Andrei Bargnani, who can neither defend nor rebound adequately as a center. Or Amir Johnson, whose new contract was heavily questioned this offseason and, despite casual fans believing he has taken the PF job with a stranglehold, is only averaging nine points and six rebounds.

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