Friday, October 22, 2010

Toronto Raptors Ultimate Roster

Toronto Raptors, 286.0 rating, 28th overall (14th seed in East)
One of the most interesting things if this tournament happened in real life is if Toronto fans would actually root for this team, considering its two best players (by an extremely wide margin) are also the two most hated basketball players in Canada (again, by an extremely wide margin.) Anyway, here we go.

1. Chris Bosh (97.7 rating) - #4, Forward-Center
Resume: 2004-2010; 509 Games, 20.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 61.8 Win Shares, 0.034 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 5 All-Star Selections
I still think Toronto hates the next man on this list more, but there can't be much love for Bosh in Canada these days either. On the plus side (for fans who hate him - negative side for Raptors fans who want to see Toronto win a game in this thing), if this tournament becomes an annual thing, he'll probably move to Miami's roster in about 5 years or so.

2. Vince Carter (83.9) - #15, Guard-Forward
Resume: 1999-2005; 403 Games, 23.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.9 APG, 47.7 Win Shares, 0.049 MVP Award Shares, 1 All-NBA 2nd Team, 1 All-NBA 3rd Team, 5 All-Star Selections, 1999 Rookie of the Year
Until "The Decision," I think it would have been safe to say Vince Carter was the most hated man in basketball by a former fan base. I mean, this can't be a good sign for Raptors fans, can it? Look at the drop off in rating with the next guys on this list. Apparently anyone who can top 20.0 on the "Greatness Scale" leaves the country in maelstrom of hatred and bad karma. (Although you don't have to top 20 to do so, I'm pretty sure Raptors fans hate Turkoglu, too. And they should. Man, did he suck.)

3. Antonio Davis (18.5) - #33, Forward-Center
Resume: 2000-2004, 2006; 310 Games, 12.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 22.8 Win Shares, 1 All-Star Selection
Toronto's only other All-Star... and that's really all I have to say about him.

4. Morris Peterson (15.3) - #24, Forward
Resume: 2001-2007; 542 Games, 12.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 30.5 Win Shares
I was shocked when I did this and found out Peterson wasn't still on the Raptors. Unless he winds up playing a key role on a title contender (which I can't see happening), I'm always going to automatically assume he plays for the Raptors. He's just one of those kind of guys.

5. Jose Calderon (14.2) - #8, Guard
Resume: 2006-2010; 359 Games, 9.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 6.6 APG, 28.3 Win Shares
Calderon is pretty good. I could even potentially see him making an All-Star game one day in a career year if the guard situation in the East is looking particularly weak. Of course, this would mean he would then have to quit on his team and/or get engineer a free agent coup with Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio and decide to all go to Phoenix.

6. Doug Christie (10.6) - #13, Guard-Forward
Resume: 1996-2000; 314 Games 14.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 21.1 Win Shares
All I remember about Doug Christie is that he used to play for the Kings when they had their rivalry with the Lakers going strong, and that he apparently has a crazy wife.

7. Alvin Williams (10.2)
Resume: 1998-2006; 417 Games, 9.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, 20.4 Win Shares
I'll be honest... I have no idea who this guy is.

8. Anthony Parker (8.1) - #18, Guard
Resume: 2007-2009; 235 Games, 11.9 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.6 APG, 16.1 Win Shares
Just to be clear: This is not Tony Parker.

9. Donyell Marshall (7.9) - #42, Forward
Resume: 2004-2005; 131 Games, 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 15.8 Win Shares
Marshall was always on the cusp of "could maybe potentially be an All-Star if he pulls it all together"-ness, which he never did, and his Toronto stint seemed to be when everyone realized he never would.

10. Damon Stoudamire (7.5) #20, Guard
Resume: 1996-1998; 200 Games, 19.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 8.8 APG, 15.0 Win Shares, 1996 Rookie of the Year
Well he definitely had his best years in Toronto, which were the first two and a half years of a 13 year career. That's never the way you want your career to go. Although "Young Damon Stoudamire" might make some noise in the Raptors first round sweep here.

11. Jerome Williams (6.4)
Resume: 2001-2004; 180 Games, 7.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 12.7 Win Shares
Once again, I have no idea who this guy is. It doesn't help that his name is also Williams. It makes me feel like the Raptors just picked random guys out of the local YMCA to fill out their roster at some point.

*12. Tracy McGrady (6.0) - #1, Forward
Resume: 1998-2000; 192 Games, 11.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 11.9 Win Shares
Sorry, Toronto, T-Mac will be suiting up for the Magic. (Or maybe not sorry, I'm not sure how Raptors fans feel about the guy. They definitely wouldn't be getting the best version of him anyway.)

13. Andrea Bargnani (5.7) #7, Forward
Resume: 2007-2010; 301 Games, 13.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.1 APG, 11.4 Win Shares
You could do worse for the 12th man on your roster.

Just missed the cut:
14. Jamario Moon (4.6)
15. Rasho Nesterovic (4.4)
16. Keon Clark (4.3)
17. Matt Bonner (4.2)
*18. Charles Oakley (4.1)
19. Mike James (3.8)

Outlook: You know, I really think I'd rather have the Grizzlies roster. I know that, cumulatively, the Raptors doubled the Grizzlies' score, but I feel like from 1-12, the Grizzlies have the better team. Or maybe it's just cause I think Vince will stop trying if they're down at the half and Bosh will be in the other team's locker room handing out playbooks and making friends. I dunno. I might have to run a 7 game Ultimate Grizzlies-Ultimate Raptors series when the entire tournament is done, just for kicks.

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