Colangelo Should Make Some Bold Moves

With the NBA Draft about to unfold in just under a week, one of the biggest Raptors blogs on the net, Raptors Republic, posted an article this morning wondering aloud if Bryan Colangelo should be ousted because he will likely be swinging for the fences this summer in order to improve the team.

Sorry, but why exactly would it be a problem if Colangelo swung for the fences?

Granted, Colangelo is in a contract year so there’s the fear that he will be making bold moves to ensure his long-term safety with the franchise. There’s the general belief he might mortgage the team’s future by making the playoffs next season through putting patches on the problem instead of remaking the roster.

Last season was labeled as a “rebuilding” year and when the team got a taste of success fans started to beg for the playoffs. Little did they realize that Colangelo wanted to give DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis and the rest of the young core another year to see how much they could develop and he wouldn’t be in a hurry to pull the trigger on any moves that would be detrimental to their development.

While a great idea on paper, it blew up in a big way as most of the team regressed on the stat sheet.

DeRozan took a step back as his field goal percentage has dipped every single season he has been in the NBA. Andrea Bargnani showed flashes early on, but it remains to be seen if that was fools gold or if it was truly injuries that slowed him down. Ed Davis has shown flashes, but he will never be a starting power forward on a team that goes deep in the playoffs.

There was plenty of opportunity for Colangelo to put the brakes a rebuilding season but he turned down offers to improve the team in the short run. You need to give him kudos for seeing the plan through and trying to maximize his assets heading into this summer. But now? Why not move some of the teams young pieces if it gets back some solid veterans?

The team competed almost every single game last night but game up just short countless times. Lets see what Dwane Casey and his coaching staff can go with a bump in talent and players with more NBA experience.

Personally, I wouldn’t want anyone besides Colangelo running the Raptors this summer. I say let him swing for the fences and see what he can get for Toronto’s first round pick, DeRozan, Davis and their ample cap space this summer.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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  • Proofreader

    proofread before you post. That’s what I moan about.

  • You-A-Turd

    Your A turd, how many hits did you get on this shitty piece of work

  • Ryan McNeill

    Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written comments…

  • Promo guy

    I’m confused by “team regressed on the stat sheet.” Didn’t they win more games in a shorter season? Isn’t the idea to win games as opposed to generate personal statistics. By that definition the “the young core” did develop and Colangelo’s plan was a modest success.

  • Ryan McNeill

    Sorry, I should have flushed that idea out more. What I meant is that besides Bargnani, none of the players showed bumps in their individual stats. A prime example if DeRozan whose FG% and scoring average dipped.

    But, you’re right, the team improved where it matters: in the win-loss column.

  • Boo

    The team focused on improving defense. The stats were going to struggle and everyone knows that. Demar improved his 3pt shot and has a great work ethic. When he gets Nash beside him, he will become a much more efficient scorer. THEN, you can trade him if you still want to.

    Our team scored less points it is only inevitable that we would ‘statistically regress’. No need to blow up our team.

  • Ryan McNeill

    True, the focus was defence was much-improved, but like I said, the individual stats of players took a hit. I will take the improvement in the win-loss column over DeRozan’s FG% dipping.

    But, with that being said, young players like James Johnson, DeRozan and Ed Davis didn’t progress much. If another team is willing to bite, I’d love to see BC deal them as part of a package for an established wing.

  • Saucy

    I think the fear for Raptors fans is Colangeo’s penchant for chasing pitches. No one wants to see him swing for the fences on a first pitch fast ball as he has proven to do in the past. Nothing makes me cringe more then remembering him blowing the mid level exception, when we had a real chance to be a legit team that next season, on Jason (I don’t shoot three’s unless wide open) Kapono.

    He has shown patience this last year. So now, hopefully in a collaborative effort with Ed Stefanski, they can turn some young assets into vets as you suggested. One of Ed Davis and Amir Johnson is ready to head out, there aren’t minutes for both as an off the bench big. And I agree with what you said Derozan is an expendable asset… he doesn’t have the goods to be a legit NBA 2 guard that is centered in a teams offence. He doesn’t create well for himself or others off the dribble and has limited range. I believe him, and the Raptors, would be better off if he were traded to a faster tempo system where he has more opportunities to finish on the break. Has the idea of moving back in the draft to 15th and trading for Iguodala died? I liked that idea with the bevy of 2 guards available we could still get one at 15 too. I think the trade was lose Calderon, the 8th, and maybe it was Ed Davis. That could be nice. I’m ready to move on beyond Calderon. He is steady, but his lack of defense and lack of risk taking and penetration into the paint has seen its tenure in Raptors colours.

  • Mike

    I agree that Demar struggled trying to be the #1 when AB went down. Ed is not a legit PF in the NBA but he can get some minutes off the bench. AB has improved IMO and is a 20 PPG guy but not an elite player. Nash would be a great addition (not sure he wants to come here but we can pay him more than most teams cam ) and Val coming over from Europe will help once he gets used to the NBA game.

    Who do like with the 8th pick in that scenario?