All I want for Christmas is, well, a few things. The Raptors season has had its ups and downs so far, but some things remain the same. That being what I would like the see from the Raptors going into the Christmas break. Here is my breakdown of what I would like to see happen sooner, rather than later.
1. Fire Colangelo.
The Colangelo era in Toronto could be coming to an end in the near future. However, I think it’s in the team’s best interest to let him go ASAP. Not only does a desperate General Manager make desperate moves, but the moves Colangelo has made in the past prove that he is not good at making them either.
Colangelo finally seems to be able to let go of the player he has failed to turn into a star, but that’s probably because it’s a unanimous decision amongst most Raptor fans and respected NBA writers that Bargnani is the problem with this team.
My guess is that he’s only open to trading Bargnani in an attempt to save himself, not necessarily because he wants to.
So, before Colangelo has a chance to change anything about this team for the better, or most likely for the worse, please get rid of him before there are any roster moves.
2. Trade Andrea Bargnani.
Ed Davis, that is all. Thank you for finally proving to be the player that I knew you always were. The truth is, I wanted Davis to start at PF ever since the team drafted him. Almost 3 years later, and an injury to the “franchise player” that couldn’t have come at a better time for Davis, it is clear that the job should go to him for the time being.
With the third year man from UNC finally getting a legitimate chance at starting, it’s simply his spot to lose at this point. Outside of Quincy Acy, Davis has the highest Offensive Rating on the team, tied for the best Defensive Rating on the team, is the team’s top rebounder, has the second highest PER, and the second highest win share. Having anyone other than Davis starting at PF right now would be pure stupidity given his performance.
I’m still not against trading Davis either if it brought back a nice draft pick, or if there was a better player (like Gasol) in the equation. However, with this roster as is, no other player on this roster should be starting at PF other than Davis.
Even with Andrea Bargnani’s trade value at an all-time low, simply getting rid of him would be an addition by subtraction just by looking how the team has performed without him thus far, at a record of 4-1.
3. Pick one or none.
It seems like deja vu. Another point guard controversy in Toronto. However, kudos to Calderon for continually going through competition after competition at the point guard spot. Personally, I like Lowry, and think he is still an upgrade over Jose in just about every aspect. But at this point, it’s looking like they can’t afford to have both.
I don’t know what it is about Jose, but he continually seems to get the better of his point guard competition one way or another. But, it has become a recurring problem in Toronto, when normally roster talent would be a good thing. Maybe this is one reason why Calderon wants out of Toronto, or at least that’s the rumour.
Consequently, both Lowry and Calderon will have high trade value nearing the trade deadline this season. For that, I say if you can’t pick one to stick with, pick none, and trade both of them. If you can get two first round picks by trading both point guards, then do it. Which, sort of goes hand-in-hand with my last wish.
4. Get a direction.
My biggest question regarding the team is: Are the Raptors going to go with what they have, or are they going to rebuild?
I sure hope they rebuild and go after Andrew Wiggins next season. But, as long as #1 and #2 on my list don’t happen, then rebuilding probably won’t happen either, unfortunately.
Now, I still think that the Raptors have a team capable of making the playoffs, but what good is that? This team will likely never make it past the first round. At its absolute best, it would make it to the second round, and that’s it.
If you want to earn respect around the league, you aren’t going to get it simply by making the playoffs. You’re going to get it by putting out a contender with all-star talent and a franchise player.
The low ceiling of this team makes it even more of a reason to continue to try and land a franchise type player like Wiggins next year.
So, that being said, I hope I’ve been good this year. The Raptors making some roster and management moves sound a whole lot better than receiving another cold, hard lump of “Coal”-angelo.