As I mull the Raps' season so far, I'm also trying to figure how right, or how wrong, I was with my earlier thoughts. For example, I proposed the Raps declare Andrea their starting SF. That didn't happen; Butler or Johnson are in that spot. As Dr. Phil might say, "How's that workin' out for ya?" Rasual and James managed a crisp 1-14 shooting line against the Cavs - thanks for showing up guys! And to those who shrug and say we won anyway, I say that's true, but it was painful to watch the overworked Jose on the floor for nearly 37 minutes in a game we should have put away after 3 Quarters. Anthony (not-Vince) Carter should have been directing the second unit a lot more, but Dwane had to keep Jose and Andrea in to ensure the W. I'm sticking to my guns; Andrea should be the SF. We need him bombing away from outside against smaller defenders.
However, I'm not thrilled with Ed Davis so far, and calling for him to start at Centre may have been premature. He doesn't look comfortable at either end of the floor. And does he not know what a jump shot is? I'm dismayed by his limited offensive repertoire.
My hope that Solomon Alabi might be a pleasant surprise appears to be without merit, as he's been demoted.
I think I underrated Calderon. He's been superb, and is my Team MVP to this early point. Had I suspected he would be this strong, I would not have been quite as pessimistic about our chances of being respectable. Can he maintain his level of play without Bayless as his erratic but talented backup? We can only hope.
I predicted a record of 22-44. We're a Calderon turned-ankle-injury away from a 10 game losing streak, so I'm sticking with that call.
P.S. No more "Let's amnesty Andrea" talk - please.
P.P.S. Similarly, I've seen posts advocating the trading of Jonas V's rights for DeMarcus Cousins. Do we really want a head case like that guy? I say No.