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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 | 02:59 PM

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Once again the Raptors have played the game called the "roster revolving door".  Obviously  there can be big benefits to playing the game, but on a basic level it's hard to keep track of all the new faces.  The goal here is to give you a quick breakdown of the new players and what to expect from them on the court.
Once again the Raptors have played the game called the "roster revolving door" .  Obviously  there can be big benefits to playing the game, but on a basic level it's hard to keep track of all the new faces.  The goal here is to give you a quick breakdown of the new players and what to expect from them on the court.


kyle_lowry.jpgKyle Lowry - PG

Acquired: 
Traded from Houston for protected first round pick.

Breakdown:
  The prized acquisition of the off-season, Lowry will become an instant fan favourite. One of the best defenders at his position, he has a tenacity that's been sorely lacking from the Raptors.   On offence, the fans will be on the edge of their seats.  Instead of pulling up on the fast break, Lowry will head to the rim.  And unlike Calderon, you'll see Lowry in the paint, shifting the defence on a regular basis.  If he sticks with the team long-term, he'll go down as the best point guard in franchise history.

Strengths: 
Elite defender, great rebounder, strong finisher.

Weaknesses: 
Occasionally out of control, tries to win games by himself.

Former Raptor Comparison:
Alvin Williams.



jonas_valanciunas_2.jpgJonas Valančiūnas - C

Acquired:
Drafted fifth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Breakdown:
The term 'euro big man' makes Raptor fans cringe.  But fear not, Valančiūnas is the antithesis to the stereotype.  He spends a lot of time in the paint, whether it be challenging shots on defence or cleaning up missed shots on offence.   While his offensive game is limited, he's shown a soft touch around the bucket.  His length and athleticism should establish him as an above average centre in a few years.  But be patient, he's destined for a typical frustrating rookie year, full of foul trouble and turnovers.

Strengths:
Length and size, offensive rebounding, pick-and-roll offence, free throw shooting.

Weaknesses:
Experience, offensive polish.

Former Raptor Comparison:
A bigger and better Carlos Rogers.



terrence_ross.jpgTerrence Ross - SG


Acquired:
Drafted eighth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Breakdown:
Many eyebrows were raised when Ross' name was announced as the eighth overall pick.  High potential players like Jeremy Lamb, Austin Rivers and Andre Drummond were still available.   But Ross is a pesky defender who clearly fits into Dwayne Casey's system.  With a pure shooting stroke and a solid 6'7 frame, he has a chance to prove a lot of doubters wrong.

Strengths: 
Defence, three point shooting, athleticism.

Weaknesses:
Ball handling, shooting off the dribble, creating for others.

Former Raptor Comparison:
Willie Anderson.



landry_fields.jpgLandry Fields - SG/SF

Acquired: Signed as a restricted free agent.

Breakdown:
Which Landry Fields will the Raptor get?   Will it be the efficient, great rebounding rookie?  Or the poor shooting second year player who could barely stay on the court.  When the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony, and Fields was forced to play shooting guard, he struggled.  Hopefully a move back to his natural position of small forward will allow him to use his quickness and regain his form.

Strengths:
Rebounding, moving off the ball, team defence.

Weaknesses:
Perimeter shooting, creating his own shot.

Former Raptor Comparison:
Morris Peterson.



quincy_acy_2.jpgQuincy Acy - PF


Acquired: Drafted thirty-seventh in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Breakdown:
I would have liked to see the Raptors use their second rounder on a third third point guard or a player with high potential.  Instead, they found a replacement for Reggie Evans.  The problem is that they already have an abundance of power forwards. You'll see Acy, if he gets court time, using his greatest strength, hustle.  However, his lack of talent will probably slot him amongst the other failed second rounders in Raptors' history.

Strengths: Hustle, athleticism.

Weaknesses: Strength, size, offensive ability.

Former Raptor Comparison: Reggie Evans.



john_lucas.jpgJohn Lucas III - PG

Acquired: Signed as a free agent.

Breakdown:
A point guard who loves to score.   That pretty much sums up Lucas.  He does have a knack for getting the ball in the hoop, but his tunnel vision means he often misses wide open teammates.  If Calderon ends up getting traded, Lucas will be the main backup. A role he may not be ready for.

Strengths: Scoring, quickness, perimeter shooting.

Weaknesses: Natural point guard instinct, defence, size.

Former Raptor Comparison: Mike James.



dominic_mcguire.jpgDominic McGuire - SF/PF

Acquired: Signed as a free agent.

Breakdown: Bryan Colangelo always has one great, under-the-radar signing.  McGuire is it.  As an athletic, defensive focused forward, he'll give Casey flexibility.  If he establishes a 15 to 18 foot jump shot, he should crack his way into the rotation.

Strengths: Athleticism, defence, motor.

Weaknesses: Offensive polish, perimeter shooting.

Former Raptor Comparison: Maceo Baston.

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