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2010-2011 Raptors go-to scorer

I think this question has been passed around a lot since the end of the season when it became CB4 wanted to take his services elsewhere. Who is going to become our primary option next year on offense?

1) Andrea Bargnani

For lack of better options on this team, it looks like Bargs is the best bet to create offense for himself. While his spot-up shooting is sublime, and would likely be a good fit as simply a 3-point gunner, his aility in the post and facing up gives him a lot of options now that Bosh is gone. Remains to be seen how well he handles double teams (didn't do very well in that feature role last year), but he has decent passing skills and can hopefully adapt. Not sure whether he has the mentality of a go-to scorer; may prefer playing second fiddle but that's hard to say since Bosh played such a prominent role.

2) Demar DeRozan

Another strong summer league by DD shows us why we took him in the lottery. While much of his potential remains latent, DeRozan has shown an improved jump shot and increased comfort handling the ball. While it isn't likely he leads the team in scoring next year, he may very well play that role in 2 or 3 seasons as his frame fills out some more. Still needs to develop his handling and long-range shooting skills, but growth in these areas has been evident.

3) Leandro Barbosa

Would be #2 had the Raptors traded Jose Calderon. As of now we still have Jose, meaning Barbosa will be sharing minutes at the 1 and 2. Without Jose, Barbosa would have had the ball in his hands constantly, backing up Jack at the 1 or playing alongside him at the 2 (much better than the Jose + Jack duo last year). On a team lacking many options, Barbosa would have averaged in the high teens to low 20s in point and dominated our offense a la Mike James. Even still, he is our best off-the-dribble option at the end of the game or at the end of the shot clock, so look for Jack to put up big numbers. Remains a darkhorse unless Jose is traded.

 

Any other options? Jack? Solomon?




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