Love the way the Raptors are playing, bringing in Green and Leonard has really turned them into a formidable team. If I had one thing I could change about them it would be Valanciunas who I just don’t think fits with their playstyle and while he is good for a few select match-ups I just feel like he’s such an obvious liability to them in todays game. What would really put them over the hump would be for them to be able snag up a big who is more dynamic offensively and who is less susceptible when having to switch on to smaller players. Now, obviously there aren’t a lot of players like that in the league, but it did start me thinking about that one guy in New Orleans…
I watched the first quarter of the Pels-Clippers game last night and aside from Davis continually emphasizing that the “best in the world” proclamation probably isn’t as far off as some may have thought, I was also struck by, like, how empty that arena was. It was actually really shocking to me, when you consider how explosive they’ve been so far this year and with how good Davis has been for so long. If, by some way or anoher, Toronto could manage to cobble together a trade for Davis that would immediately catapult them to GS status, IMO. They still wouldn’t have the firepower of Golden State, but their defense would be so singularly great that I would expect them to be able to win a 7 game series against any team.
They have plus defenders at every position, with almost all of them capable of being able to switch on to bigger/smaller players, their versatility is staggering as it is, and already have all NBA level defenders at the perimeter in Green and Leonard. What few weaknesses they have would disappear with a guy like AD. Unlike Val he thrives against smaller players, protects the rim at an elite level, his offensive game opens up the floor so much more than any other Big they have available, not just from a floor spacing perspective but in terms of passing out of the post, running in transition, playing with pace… Like, it’s probably not happening but man… Anthony Davis on that Raptors team is a stone cold championship team, even against the Dubs.
okay, pipedream over, I still see The Raptors having the best regular season record once the playoffs come knocking, they’ve already proven they can beat a stacked Boston team. Nothing would make me happier than seeing that Raptors team burst the hype bubbles of both Boston and Philly now that 'Bron is out west, and have them procede to the finals.