|2010-11 Team Rating|
|15 Overall||28 Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
Andrea Bargnani has carried some of the offensive load, but without the injured Reggie Evans, the Raptors need consistency from someone else up front.
Jose Calderon is arguably playing better than he has since the Raptors made the playoffs three years ago. DeMar DeRozan has scored in bunches.
The Raptors have regressed defensively as the season has gone on and are approaching the level that they played at last year, which is not good.
Leandro Barbosa has been productive and the Raptors have a lot of players who bring energy, but not enough that bring consistency or defense.
Jay Triano wasn't given much to work with and has found ways to get by offensively. But when you lack talent, you have to get guys to defend.
When you fail to make the playoffs and then lose your best player in the offseason, expectations are not going to be high. And the Raptors are playing at about the level we expected them to. They just don't have the talent or experience to consistently compete with the best teams in the league.
There has been a 6-2 stretch around Thanksgiving and a few wins over quality teams. The Toronto offense has been better than average thanks to balance (six players averaging double figures) and attacking the basket (third in points in the paint per game).
But at some point, whether you have the talent or not, you have to take some pride in the way you defend. The Raptors have enough length and athleticism, but not the desire or mechanics, to be a good defensive team. And when you rank in the bottom three of the league in defensive efficiency, you can't make the argument that you're making the most of the talent you have.
-- John Schuhmann
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