Friday April 24 2009 - 4:03pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
It’s April 24 2009. A TON can change before the NBA Draft on June 25 – let alone in the weeks and months following that. Realistically, the roster and/or players below will change quite a bit before Training Camp rolls around in October.
But based on some of the comments that Bryan Colangelo made on Monday – at his end of the year press conference – and based on those currently under contract with the Raptors, here’s an early look at how the team COULD look next season.
Again, keep in mind that Toronto’s season has been over for just one week and SO much could change this spring/summer.
PG – Jose Calderon
SG – Carlos Delfino * (restricted)
SF – Shawn Marion * (unrestricted)
PF – Chris Bosh
C – Andrea Bargnani
G – Quincy Douby
G – Roko Ukic
G – Marcus Banks
PF – Kris Humphries
F/C – Patrick O’Bryant
G/F – Jason Kapono
C – Nathan Jawai
So, there are 10 guys under contract right now.
And, of course, trades (or waivers?) could change that group at any point.
Now, considering the following too:
- The addition of the 1ST round draft pick
- Decisions to be made with Anthony Parker (unrestricted), Delfino (restricted), Marion (unrestricted), and Joey Graham (restricted)
- A decision RE: Jake Voskuhl (unrestricted) … though I’m guessing he won’t be back
Adding the first found pick and Delfino (whose name was constantly brought up by Colangelo on Monday – so you’ve got to assume that where there’s smoke, there’s fire) and the Raps roster/contracts would sit at 12. That would leave 3 spots open for Marion (or “Player X” if the Matrix walks and Toronto looks elsewhere or if they get something for Shawn in a sign-and-trade) … and then what?
Parker? Graham? Both? Neither?
Again, based on what is on paper at the moment - would it be wrong to think that (a) you’d have to pick between Parker OR Graham given how many 2′s and 3′s you might have on your roster already when the season begins? And (b) you’d have to address your front court size and experience with one or both of those remaining roster spots if your current bigs off the bench are only Humphries, O’Bryant, and Jawai?
The roster (the bench especially) is stacked heavily with guards and forwards but still very light on big men. Outside of Bosh, Bargnani, Humphries, Jawai and O’Bryant, where would Toronto turn? Hence the reason I think that you’d have to think that any money that’s left after Marion (or his replacement) will be spent (or trades will be made) – in addressing size and toughness (“toughness” being something else that Colangelo stressed a number of times at his Monday presser as well).
Plus, the Raps will PROBABLY be looking at a SG/SF in the draft. Toronto’s 1ST round draft pick is slotted to come at #9. But the Raps could move up in the lottery. However, for argument’s sake, let’s assume they don’t get a higher pick and they stay where they are. If that’s the case, Toronto will likely be looking at guys like:
- Tyreke Evans
- Stephen Curry
- Earl Clark
- Gerald Henderson
- Terrence Williams
- Demar DeRozan
So, when it all shakes down, what does this mean?
Well, as I’ve said a number of times … there’s a lot of work to do.
I still believe this team should have been in the playoffs this year and I still believe they can be a 5-8 seed in the East – even with the way the roster is constructed right now … with a core built around Calderon, Bosh, and Bargnani. But a lot of work has to be done and a major move may be needed to get this team out of the “5 to 8″ talk and into the “1 to 4″ category. That’s the goal … but … admittedly … it’s tough to see Toronto being able to hang on the same level with Cleveland, Orlando, and Boston right now.
Time will tell. I should be an active, exciting off-season.
* Head’s up … this may be the last blog until Monday. We’ll see.