Raptors at Hawks Points Per Game: Rudy Gay Edition!

- January 31st, 2013

ATLANTA – A game did happen in Atlanta last night. Not a lot of people were paying attention (from the non-existent fans, to the scribes who had other things on their minds), but it was a pretty good game. A great effort by the undermanned Raptors who had no business being in a game with a solid, playoff-bound squad that was at full strength.

DeMar DeRozan showed great professionalism, turning in a good game after losing his best friend, Ed Davis, to the Memphis Grizllies.

Yes, the referees jobbed the Raptors again. Yes, it was bad and something really needs to be done about it (challenge flag? Replay?) Yes Dwane will get fined for justifiably finally deciding that enough was enough and going on a solid rant. As Jack Armstrong said on the broadcast, the league got rid of (some of it was for medical reasons) far too many good, experienced referees and the guys that have replaced them aren’t yet ready for prime time, in a lot of cases. It’s bad. It’s making the league look really bad.

Quick take on Rudy Gay with a plane to catch which will keep this brief for now (you can read a lot more about the trade here : http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/30/raptors-acquire-rudy-gay-jose-calderon-to-grizzlies and here: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/31/colangelo-hints-that-bargnani-could-go

I am biased, saw big things ahead from Gay when I watched him play a lot for UCONN. Still think he has an upside and is already a very talented player. With a new start and with his best friend Kyle Lowry, I think he comes closer to being the player he is capable of, even if he probably never fully takes advantage of his gifts. Raptors had to sell high on Calderon and selling high on Davis when Amir Johnson is still on board and with Jonas Valanciunas yet to develop, made a lot of sense too.

Tough to lose those guys, great people who did strong work here. And Ed is only going to get better, but it was for a guy who was badly needed and will help a lot. The deal will result in a lot of dominos falling, and I’ll have a lot more on that (I’ve talked about some of them already).

Bryan Colangelo now must stop overpaying marginal players by 40% now that Gay’s huge salary is on the books. It’s fine to overpay for top talent, doing it for easily replaceable guys is a recipe for disaster.

 

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