Random Toronto Raptors thoughts for 2009-2010

With Bryan Colangelo finally finished for the summer (unless the meaningless Marcus Banks deal eventually gets done), we can finally look towards the season. Still, even with a full roster in place, the kind of team we’ll see in Toronto is anybody’s guess. With that in mind, I asked my friend and fellow-fan Paul a whack of questions about the 2009-2010 season. Feel free to disagree with different answers:

Q: Who is the most important player for the success of the 2009-2010 Raptors?

A: Jose Calderon

Q: Which Raptors’ deal is the best value?

A: Rasho Nesterovic

Q: Which player will be a pleasant surprise in 2009-2010?

A: Antoine Wright

Q: Which player will be the biggest disappointment in 2009-2010?

A: Can I say Patrick O’Bryant? No? *pause* Amir Johnson.

Q: Who will be the top 3 scorers in 2009-2010 (in order)?

A: 1. Chris Bosh 2. Andrea Bargnani 3. Hedo Turkoglu

Q: How many minutes and points per game will Demar DeRozan average?

A: 23 mins, 9.5 points

Q: Who will start and backup the 2-guard spot on opening night? At the end of the season?

A: Opening night: Wright starting, DeRozan backing up… End of season: DeRozan starting, Wright backing up

Q: What will the big man rotation look like off the bench on opening night? At the end of the season?

A: Opening night: Rasho first, followed by Reggie Evans, followed by Johnson… End of season: Same


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September 3, 2009 7:33 am

Good Answers, I agree with most of them. The only thing is that Bargnani is the most important player to the teams success this year and nnot calderone. If he can man up and rebound the ball a little more and have a little more defensive presence than the raps should do well this season. If not it could be another year of missing the playoffs.

September 3, 2009 9:57 am

Belinelli will be the pleasant surprise.

September 3, 2009 9:59 am

I agree good answers. The only one I kinda of disagree with is Amir Johnson being the biggest disapointment, not because I think you are wrong, but because I hope you are

September 3, 2009 2:08 pm

Just a thought:

Jay Triano has said in at least 2 interviews that DeRozan is his likely starter at SG.

Brian Colangelo has recently stated Marco Belinelli will be the “most improved player” this season – we’ll see him backing up the SG spot.

Wright may be the veteran, and right now the better player, but he’s likely to backup Hedo and be hoping that both DeRozan and Belinelli don’t have big seasons cause its his minutes that are at risk!

September 3, 2009 6:20 pm

you forgot Marco he might start over DeMat

September 3, 2009 6:20 pm


September 4, 2009 4:11 am

There is no way derozan starts in the opening two games. . . First game is against lebron and second vince carter . . . May be lebron and hedo matching goes then derozan should not be a problem. . .

September 4, 2009 12:31 pm

I think DeMar will start the first game. If they are waiting for an easy wing assignment to ease him into the NBA, they are in the wrong league. I don’t see how Jose is the most important when we have Jack backing him up. Last year, yes. He was THE most important. This year?… Hedo, IMHO. We don’t have a natural SF backing up Hedo. We have natural SGs who can play the SF. Just not as well as they can play the SG. They will be expected to play against natural SF’s. If Hedo gets hurt the hole will be too large to fill. Above average wings are the key to success in this league. Pleasant surprise? Jack. It will not be a surprise to me, but a lot of people arent thinking this move by BC to get him was a masterstroke. Dude creates his own shot and gets to the rim at will. How many players did we have that could do that last year? Zero, thats how many. Now he is one of 3. Demar, who can create his own shot, will be another surprise. He has been working tirelessly on his game this summer. he will be our best player by his third season. Hands-down.

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