Knicks at Raptors Points Per Game + why Harrison Barnes shouldn’t be a Raptor

- March 23rd, 2012

Quick thoughts as Raptors show some fight against a Knicks team that punked them earlier in the week.

- Efficient, solid night from DeMar DeRozan. He was doing whatever he wanted before suffering a minor injury. They need more of this out of him. Smarter shot selection.

- Andrea Bargnani had his best game since returning from injury. The threes still aren’t falling and he is getting stripped too often, but his timing appears to be coming back.

- Liked the fight in the team, pushing back, dishing out some hard fouls.

- Balanced effort on the boards was huge against an excellent rebounding team. Gary Forbes stepped up with his best game of the season and he had to with Jerryd Bayless injured and Leandro Barbosa no longer with the team.

- Raptors have some time to add another player to replace Rasual Butler, but it could happen soon. Expect a PG to be the guy.

And some thoughts on Harrison Barnes. The timing looks odd, because Barnes was horrendous on Friday, but loyal readers know I’ve been shaky on the guy for over a year now. There’s always been something or some things about Barnes that scare me. I think he’ll be a better pro than college player, but I think the Raptors should pass on him.

Here are a few reasons why:

(1) Something is missing. It’s hard to quantify, is it will, desire, heart, toughness, competitive fire, basketball IQ, some combination of a bunch of those? Not sure, but he definitely has something missing in the mental or motor departments.

(2) Horrible fit alongside DeMar DeRozan. Sure he’s a good outside shooter which DeRozan is not, but neither can create shots for themselves consistently and are poor dribblers and no NBA team is going to be successful without starting swingmen who can do more than just spot up or finish alley-oops.

(3) Too similar to Bargnani. You are asking for trouble if you build around two cornerstones this passive. The Raptors need an injection of passion and killer instinct. Barnes doesn’t provide that.

The Raptors need game changers. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has that kind of an attitude and can turn games defensively. Anthony Davis is the same way.

Bradley Beal has the offensive game to dominate and the basketball IQ to hurt and exploit opponents by whatever methods are necessary.

Unless Bargnani and/or DeRozan are traded, I don’t like Barnes as a fit on the Raptors.

 

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