JeffB
http://www.nba.com/reportcard/midseason/2018/raptors#/

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Offense: 110.9, 3rd Overall

Defense: 103.2, 5th Overall

W-L | Pct. | GB

29-12 | .707 | 3.5

Conf.: 18-5 

Div.: 6-2

Home: 15-3

Road: 14-9

FRONTCOURT: B
Jonas Valanciunas' role remains somewhat limited, but he's had some big games. Serge Ibaka gives the Raptors the ability to play small, and rookie OG Anunoby has been a versatile forward ready to contribute from Day 1.

BACKCOURT: A
DeMar DeRozan is an MVP candidate, scoring more efficiently than he ever has and showing improved playmaking. Kyle Lowry has seen his numbers drop, but should benefit from fewer minutes come playoff time.

DEFENSE: A
The Raptors have managed to improve a defense that ranked eighth last season. More switching has allowed them to avoid rotating as much as they have in the past, which has helped them defend the 3-point line better.

BENCH: B
The Raptors' bench has been somewhat inconsistent over the last month, but remains one of the league's best, despite the departures of Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson and not always having Lowry or DeRozan on the floor.

COACHING: A
Dwane Casey has revamped the Toronto offense (which already ranked in the top 10 each of the last four seasons) to be more playoff-ready. His decision not to stagger the minutes of the All-Stars guards has also paid off.

OVERALL GRADE: A-
The Raptors go into the second half of the season with the East's second best record, but its best point differential by a wide margin. As of Jan. 14, they were one of just two teams -- the Golden State Warriors were the other -- that ranked in the top 10 on both ends of the floor. And as the first half of their season came to a close, they were a possession away from beating the champs.

DeRozan and Lowry have developed more trust in their teammates, C.J. Miles has provided much-needed 3-point shooting, and the young Raptors have stepped into the void created by the departures of Joseph and Patterson. The starters have been better than any previous starting lineup on the Lowry-DeRozan era, and the bench ranks second in the league.

It all looks good now, but the test will come in the playoffs, where the previous offense had consistently struggled. The No. 1 seed is very much in play, especially if the Raptors stay dominant at home.
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DocHolliday
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Dario
I think our bench deserves atleast an A-, they've played well so far this season
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Raptorman
Dario wrote:
I think our bench deserves atleast an A-, they've played well so far this season


Who has a better bench than us? 
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DocHolliday
Raptorman wrote:


Who has a better bench than us? 


It's the Warriors.

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elT
Our bench has been really good when on but have gone through ups and downs and are not as reliable on the road. 
I'd say GSW has the best bench. 
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DocHolliday
elT wrote:
Our bench has been really good when on but have gone through ups and downs and are not as reliable on the road. 
I'd say GSW has the best bench. 


Not bad for a bunch of inexperienced players led by 1 vet.  I think they've been awesome as they've allowed DDR and Lowry to rest up and for Casey to pretty much stop staggering both with them.

I think they'll end up #1 by season's end.
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elT
DocHolliday wrote:


It's the Warriors.

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Sorry to go on a tangent but....

MAN THE BUCKS ARE OVERRATED AND BAD! WORSE BENCH THAN THE MAGIC! 
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elT
DocHolliday wrote:


Not bad for a bunch of inexperienced players led by 1 vet.  I think they've been awesome as they've allowed DDR and Lowry to rest up and for Casey to pretty much stop staggering both with them.

I think they'll end up #1 by season's end.


Far from bad. I'm thrilled with their play, continued improvement and growing confidence. 

Might be #1 stats wise but GSW still has major game changer on the bench in Iggy.
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DocHolliday
elT wrote:


Sorry to go on a tangent but....

MAN THE BUCKS ARE OVERRATED AND BAD! WORSE BENCH THAN THE MAGIC! 


I don't get all the love for the Bucks...such a poorly constructed roster.
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moremilk
DocHolliday wrote:


I don't get all the love for the Bucks...such a poorly constructed roster.


Top heavy for sure, but the top is really heavy. A lot easier to round up a roster, than to get a guy like Giannis.

I wasn't a huge fan of the bledsoe move though, and once they got him, should have played him off the bench. Brogdon is a far better complement to Giannis, with his shooting and not needing the ball.

Bledsoe just takes the ball from Giannis, which is silly.

And they seem to focus too much on the center spot, when they should bring in shooting.

Ever since weltman left, they've made some bad moves. But they still have Giannis and he's still a few years from his prime
They will be a major force in the east of they keep their top players. Just unclear when.
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DocHolliday
moremilk wrote:
Top heavy for sure, but the top is really heavy. A lot easier to round up a roster, than to get a guy like Giannis. I wasn't a huge fan of the bledsoe move though, and once they got him, should have played him off the bench. Brogdon is a far better complement to Giannis, with his shooting and not needing the ball. Bledsoe just takes the ball from Giannis, which is silly. And they seem to focus too much on the center spot, when they should bring in shooting. Ever since weltman left, they've made some bad moves. But they still have Giannis and he's still a few years from his prime They will be a major force in the east of they keep their top players. Just unclear when.


I agree about being a major force at some point and as to when, I would think it would have to be in a couple of years at the most - GA has 3-1/2 years left then he's an UFA.  

I'm not sure why Kidd wouldn't play Parker and GA together as Parker increased his 3pt% to 36% last year, and I would keep Middleton on the wing as opposed to moving him as rumors suggested unless they can get a stretch 5 to pair with GA.  Or even move KM to the 2 with Brogdon - you made a good point about Bledsoe.

Brogdon, Middleton, GA, Parker, Henson

Really too bad GA has no range, his 28% career average from 3 is really limiting that team and him from really taking that next step.  


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Pzabby_2nd
DocHolliday wrote:


I agree about being a major force at some point and as to when, I would think it would have to be in a couple of years at the most - GA has 3-1/2 years left then he's an UFA.  

I'm not sure why Kidd wouldn't play Parker and GA together as Parker increased his 3pt% to 36% last year, and I would keep Middleton on the wing as opposed to moving him as rumors suggested unless they can get a stretch 5 to pair with GA.  Or even move KM to the 2 with Brogdon - you made a good point about Bledsoe.

Brogdon, Middleton, GA, Parker, Henson

Really too bad GA has no range, his 28% career average from 3 is really limiting that team and him from really taking that next step.  




stranger things have happened than a non-shooter improving his outside shooting. Prime example plays for us 😉
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