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Has Toronto Raptors General Manager Brian Colangelo Given Coach Dwane Casey The Players Needed To Win

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Dwane Casey Toronto Raptors

Dwane Casey
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Dwane Casey was named the Toronto Raptors head coach on June 11, 2011. He succeeded Canadian Jay Triano but due to the lockout had to wait until December of that same year to make his debut. The team struggled and missed the playoffs. In one and a half seasons Casey’s total record as coach of the Raptors is an embarrassing 33 wins with 60 losses.

Casey would be easy to blame but what about the roster and the players he has been given to do his job. Drafting players is the easiest and safest way to bring in new talent but that talent takes time to groom and grow. Demar Derozen is a prime example of that theory and this year Jonus Valanciunas is going through his own pains. Ed Davis has been traded away. Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy are still finding their way.

The quickest way to make a change is to bring in established NBA players via free agency or a trade. General manager Brian Colangelo always seems to be on the phones as he has endless connections throughout the league. Rumors fill the blogosphere and airwaves in Toronto but what actually gets done is a very small percentage of that fiction.

The following are five players who were brought in by Colangelo to fill the roster and help the franchise move forward. Whether they will make a difference is yet to be seen. So far it hasn’t been pretty but with the most recent acquisition of Rudy Gay things might be on the upswing.

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Aaron Gray New Orleans Hornets

Aaron Gray
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Aaron Gray signed as a free agent on Dec. 11, 2011 before the locked out season began. He played two seasons for the New Orleans Hornets and began his career with the Chicago Bulls.

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Alan Anderson Michigan State

Alan Anderson
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Alan Anderson went undrafted out of Michigan State and had a cup of coffee with the Charlotte Bobcats. After plying his trade in Europe and the Developmental League he was signed to a 10 day contract by the Toronto Raptors on March 26, 2012. He has stuck around ever since.

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Kyle Lowry Houston Rockets

Kyle Lowry
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After playing for the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets, Kyle Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors on July 11, 2012 for Gary Forbes and a future first round draft pick.

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Landry Fields New York Knicks

Landry Fields
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On July 11, 2012 the same day Kyle Lowry was brought in, Landry Fields signed an offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors. The New York Knicks decided against matching and three days later Fields was officially a Raptor.

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Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies

Rudy Gay
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This past Wednesday, Jan. 30 Rudy Gay was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies. In his debut he scored 20 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a win against the Los Angeles Clippers.