NBA Power Rankings: Top 5 Toronto Raptors Disappointments
Coach Dwane Casey Hasn't Been The Only Disappointment
I have let my feelings known about how poorly I think Dwane Casey has coached this year. He isn't the worst coach in franchise history but it's pretty close. He doesn't understand game situations or how to manage his rotation. He came in with the prowess of being a great defensive mind but the Toronto Raptors defense leaves a lot to be desired.
He hasn't been the only disappointment on the squad. General manager Brian Colangelo has assembled a rag tag bunch of athletes who are meant to sit at the end of the bench or play in another league.
With a maximum twelve players dressed and fifteen on the entire squad it always isn’t easy to point out who has had a good or bad season. Sometimes it depends on playing time and injuries. Usually it just depends on what you do when you are on the court and how much your team depends on you to play well. Sometimes it has to do with expectations and the amount of money you make. Everything factors in to any analyst looking at the roster and deciding who is worth what and how well they have performed. In my eyes it’s very easy to point out the Raptors who have underachieved this season.
The following are the five biggest disappointments on the roster. Suffice to say at least three of them won't be with the Raptors next season and they might also be followed out the door by Colangelo and Casey.
5. Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus was brought in at a time when the Toronto Raptors were going through a major injury bug. He himself has sat at the end of the bench either with his own injuries or after falling out of favor with coach Dwane Casey. His days of a Raptor will come to end very quietly.
3. Landry Fields
Brian Colangelo signed Landry Fields to an offer sheet to block the New York Knicks in attempting to obtain Steve Nash. Nash went to the Los Angeles Lakers instead and the Toronto Raptors got stuck with Fields. The franchise is now on the hook for $6.25 million for the next two years for a bit part player.
2. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry was brought in to display leadership with the ability to run a team. Toronto Raptors fans were waiting for a hard nosed, in your face defender who played with tons of emotion. None of that occurred on a consistent basis this season and know we understand why he is already on his third team. The team will be hard pressed to continue the Lowry experiment next season
1. Andrea Bargnani
In many fans eyes, Andrea Bargnani is the single reason that the Toronto Raptors have endured losing season after losing season. The former number one draft pick has punched his ticket out of the city. The era of 'Il Mago' should have come to an end at the trade deadline but general manager Brian Colangelo's inability to part with his biggest mistake has sealed both their fates. They both won't be around past this summer.
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