There should be concerns about how Ibaka would hold up at C over the long haul. On the other hand, Lonzo Ball is looking good as a potential franchise player in the making, though he's obviously unproven as a rookie, while Julius Randle should continue making improvements at the 4. Last year, Patterson again took a back seat to a rookie Pascal Siakam, who had not really found his feet defensively yet (his improvement there this year being one of the biggest positive story lines for the team). With Gasol out … Secondly, these aren't just projected opening-day lineups, but rather those we're looking forward to for at least the first half of the 2017-18 season, which means you may see a few rookies or veterans who initially won't make the starting lineup on account of initial rawness (for the rookies/youngsters) or injury (for the veterans). Projected Starting Lineup: Pau Gasol (C), LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), Rudy Gay (SF), Kawhi Leonard (SG), Patty Mills (PG). If anything else, the Magic have new management. But they might as well tank for the 2018 draft, as they won't have a 1st-rounder in 2019. The Raptors are winning games, but mostly on the back of their bench unit, and the starters are struggling against top opposition. Everything worked for the most part when those five men were starting, which is why Washington mostly focused on retooling the bench. Power forward is a bit more complicated, as you've got the talented Dario Saric (more of a natural 3) and Jahlil Okafor (injury-prone and underachieving), and Richaun Holmes, who owes his success to hard work more so than anything else. Maybe a move back to his college stomping ground is the shot in his arm his flagging career needs. Consider the following breakdown for the starting 4-some we talked about above. 2.6K. On that contract, VanVleet continued to take significant strides, playing a key role in the Raptors’ championship run in 2019 and then entering the starting lineup on a full-time basis last season. Meanwhile, Andre Roberson will likely remain in the starting lineup as he remains content to focus on defense and hardly show up anywhere else on the stat sheet. This one makes sense long term. It was Malachi Flynn Showcase Night v2.0 as the Raptors downed the Hornets for the second straight time in preseason action. Frank Kaminsky should slide down to the 4, and while he's one of the best young big men as a shooter, he needs to do something about that lack of rebounding. The frontcourt of Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and Rodney Hood remains intact, but it's the backcourt where Jazz fans will see the most changes, as Ricky Rubio will be replacing George Hill at point guard, bringing his flashy passing and quick hands to Utah after six years with the Timberwolves. ... none will match the impact Kyle Lowry’s wrist injury has on the Toronto Raptors. The starting lineup appears to be a problem. Visit ESPN to view the Toronto Raptors team roster for the current season Player Preview: Is Norman Powell ready to be a consistent veteran. Certainly, a player of Anthony Davis' caliber deserves to be in the playoffs on a regular basis. They've got a couple quick-fix solutions in Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who may likely start, but aren't likely to re-sign once their contracts come up in 2018, unless the Lakers actually make that big improvement and/or have been scared off by the fine they received for tampering with Paul George's contract. Also, what happens to the rotation at C and PF if they pursue this? So even if we won’t write off this possibility entirely, let’s explore one other alternative. Projected Starting Lineup: Joel Embiid (C), Dario Saric (PF), Ben Simmons (SF), J.J. Redick (SG), Markelle Fultz (PG). Blue Jays Aggregator Raptors Aggregator Toronto FC Aggregator Maple Leafs Aggregator Canadiens Aggregator Canucks Aggregator. NBA Reacts: Where do fans have the Raptors in the league’s power rankings? New arrival Rudy Gay, provided he's healthy all year round, may replace Danny Green in the starting lineup, though a big-time drop in productivity is expected, now that he's on a talented team, one that still has Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. That’s insane. Meanwhile, small forward Nikola Mirotic should have a bigger piece of the offensive pie as a full-time starter, while Robin Lopez should continue holding down the fort in the middle. The Raptors bench is one of the strongest in the league with names like Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, and Serge Ibaka. They’ve had a couple serious duds of late, but the season as a whole tells a story of a mediocre lineup, not a terrible one. Lineup | Minutes Played | Offensive Rating | Defensive Rating | Net RatingKL-DD-PS-SI: 73 MP, 106.0 ORTG, 102.3 DRTG, +3.7 RTG. Projected Starting Lineup: Thon Maker (C), Greg Monroe (PF), Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF), Khris Middleton (SG), Malcolm Brogdon (PG). The picture starts to look like maybe this is not a lineup construction issue as is widely assumed. Free agent signee Jeff Teague was the other key addition, and he should provide a steady, capable hand as he replaces the departed (to Utah) Ricky Rubio as the Wolves' starting PG. Jae Crowder, who arrives via the Irving trade, might have the inside track with his threes and D, even if he's a natural SF. Projected Starting Lineup: Andre Drummond (C), Jon Leuer (PF), Tobias Harris (SF), Avery Bradley (SG), Reggie Jackson (PG). Another bench unit killing other teams (in spite of the unit being completely different from the ones in years past). Projected Starting Lineup: Jonas Valanciunas (C), Serge Ibaka (PF), Pascal Siakam (SF), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Kyle Lowry (PG). Although this leaves Ibaka at PF where he has struggled a bit with quicker players, Poeltl is a tremendous help defender, and is at his best when defending the pick and roll in space, a notable weakness of Valanciunas’. Raptors to host limited number of fans at home games in Tampa. Don't expect Gibson to start, though, as Gorgui Dieng has the starting PF spot locked up. Shooting guard is also up for grabs, with Jaylen Brown (a natural 3) and Marcus Smart looking like the top candidates. What Is The Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup And Float Fest 2017 Lineup ENJOY WITH GREAT DEALS AND LOW PRICES PRODUCTS HERE. Advanced Search. The Raptors didn’t add any huge names to the roster, but how did that affect them in the league’s power rankings? If we accept that Lowry and DeRozan are fixtures in the lineup (as we should), and accept that the starting SF will be largely irrelevant to the success of the group (and that OG has earned some time there for the foreseeable future), and accept that Ibaka is certainly going to start, with the contract he was just given and his status as a borderline star in the league — that is, we accept that the only move to potentially make is to remove Valanciunas from the starting lineup — then what are the possible replacements for him? But let’s at least look at what options the Raptors have. Lineup | Minutes Played | Offensive Rating | Defensive Rating | Net Rating2016-17 Siakam Starters: 458 MP, 106.2 ORTG, 113.3 DRTG, -7.0 RTG2015-16 Scola Starters: 779 MP, 103.2 ORTG, 108.1 DRTG, -4.9 RTG. So, that’s not great. After years of alienating teammates with his attitude, Howard seems to be mellowing down, and he offers an immediate upgrade over borderline NBA bust Cody Zeller at the 5. All signs pointed to yes at the time, but we don’t know. Projected Starting Lineup: Clint Capela (C), Ryan Anderson (PF), Trevor Ariza (SF), James Harden (SG), Chris Paul (PG). Nobody said rebuilding was easy, and the above projected starting lineup is all the proof you need. Changes to the Toronto Raptors' starting lineup are believed to be coming for Game 2. This season could see them enjoy better luck, and while it might not result in a deep postseason run, the Nuggets are definitely in better shape entering the 2017-18 season. These players won't be listed in the starting lineup on this list, even if they may be starting after the All-Star Break. May 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 13 mins read As the Toronto Raptors set to tip off for their second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, allow me a word on optimism: It’s good. At long last, it looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves have a team that truly appears playoff-bound, after 13 long years of early vacations. The good news is that after a few years in the Western Conference abyss, the Lakers will be one of the NBA's most-improved teams in 2017-18, provided everything falls into place. Projected Starting Lineup: Hassan Whiteside (C), Kelly Olynyk (PF), Justise Winslow (SF), Dion Waiters (SG), Goran Dragic (PG). Projected Starting Lineup: Al Horford (C), Marcus Morris (PF), Gordon Hayward (SF), Jaylen Brown (SG), Kyrie Irving (PG). Fortunately, the backcourt is the only unquestioned aspect of this Suns team that may be headed to another early exit – Devin Booker's 70-point game in 2016-17 showed that he has arrived, while Eric Bledsoe, provided he's healthy, is one of the NBA's best two-way threats at the point, and arguably the Suns' best all-around player. It'll depend on several factors, not the least being his ability to coexist with the talented, yet traditionally toxic DeMarcus Cousins. Please feel free to ask any questions about the stats presented above, and please comment about what you think should be done with the Raptors’ starting lineup, whether it is a rotation change or not. Obviously, the big news in Charlotte is that Dwight Howard, once unquestionably the NBA's best center, is making the Queen City his latest in a growing list of NBA stopovers. Fortunately, Andre Drummond is still a lock to start at center, where he stands out as one of the NBA's best young big men. The Sixers might as well trade Okafor, lest he further get lost in the shuffle. Are you a … Projected Starting Lineup: Steven Adams (C), Enes Kanter (PF), Paul George (SF), Andre Roberson (SG), Russell Westbrook (PG). Can it be fixed? Yep, he may not be getting younger, but you just can't take the wrestling fan away from him. Projected Starting Lineup: DeAndre Jordan (C), Blake Griffin (PF), Danilo Gallinari (SF), Austin Rivers (SG), Patrick Beverley (PG). The possibilities could be myriad. My theory aside though, I’ve tried to explain the complexity involved in this topic compared to the problems of the past couple seasons, where there seemed to be an obvious solution to relatively glaring issues. I think a more aggressive approach from the guards early in games could lead more naturally to the appropriate usage for the bigs, where their opportunities feed off of a defense broken trying to contain the guards, rather than force-feeding them looks. With that purpose of tanking in mind, it's no surprise that their projected starting lineup includes a third-year man (Willie Cauley-Stein), two second-year men (Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere), and a rookie (Justin Jackson). As for Brandon Ingram, he'll have to build on the strong close he had to his initially-disappointing rookie campaign. Veteran bigs Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka both departed for the LA teams, after having been an important part of the Raptors’ 2019 NBA title run. In less than two months from now, we shall be starting another NBA season, and if you take stock of all the lineup changes we've seen in the off-season, a lot of teams will be fielding radically different starting lineups. Personally I think that although Poeltl has shown great promise and has really helped that bench unit, he’s just not physically ready for the starting bigs this league can throw at you. What the heck, right? The only starting caliber player in the above lineup is point guard Dennis Schroder, and beyond him and role player extraordinaire Kent Bazemore, the Hawks have question marks at every position, what with Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all wearing different uniforms for the 2017-18 season. When you consider that the vast majority of those 1st and 3rd quarter minutes would have come after about six minutes, that muddies the waters as well. Top Re: Official Raptors Training Camp Thread But is he even going to stay healthy? Speaking of defense, that's what Steven Adams will continue providing as he comes off a career season, while Enes Kanter will provide the exact opposite at power forward – he's just too good to be an instant-offense-and-rebounds guy off the bench. When not writing about wrestling, basketball, football, and MMA (at least on this site), Enzo plays drums in a band, competes in trivia quizzes, and collects vintage sports annuals when he can afford them. We’ve got a small ball look that may fix some of the issues, but they have started just as slow, crapped the bed in their most recent chance to fight to be the starting lineup, and come with concerns about the rotation implications. Hield appears to be the future of the team at SG, while Cauley-Stein, despite his reputation for soft play, should put up competent numbers as a full-time starting center. (The other big concern for me, the inconsistent energy, from all five guys, defensively). Which starting lineups will be totally different, which lineups will only feature a couple of changes at the most, and which ones will sport an all-new look? Projected Starting Lineup: Brook Lopez (C), Julius Randle (PF), Brandon Ingram (SF), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG), Lonzo Ball (PG). Thanks to his veteran smarts and defensive ability, Thabo Sefolosha looks to be the prime candidate, though Dante Exum may finally come through after a disappointing run thus far, injury-prone Alec Burks may reclaim his old form, and Donovan Mitchell may prove pleasantly surprising as the team's 13th-overall pick in the 2017 draft. Pacers fans, welcome to life after PG13. But it's at shooting guard where the biggest questions lie – who's going to be starting? Then you've got Rajon Rondo, who's coming off an awful season with the Bulls – he's likely to start, but isn't likely either to be the same point guard he used to be with the Celtics. There are a lot of possibilities, but the bottom line here is that the Celtics are better, and a likely bigger threat to the Cavs. After starting his career as a role player for the Buffaloes in 2017, Bey quickly found his way into the starting lineup where he's been a mainstay for the past two and a half years. Forward, however, is still questionable for the Blazers, as Moe Harkless is a good defender, but hardly a top-tier player at the 3. Author page for Starting Lineup with all attributed Toronto Raptors content from Sportsnet 590, Sportsnet Video and Sportsnet 650. Then you've got the young starting backcourt of Gary Harris and Jamal Murray – Murray's a natural two-guard, but he seems a more likely starter at the point following Emmanuel Mudiay's horrible sophomore jinx of a season. Teams. Sale Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup 2017 And 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Starting Line Maybe Derrick Rose might get the starting SG job, despite the fact he's always been listed as a point guard. Or we could see Warren retain the starting 3 spot, and Dragan Bender emerge at the 4 after a disappointing rookie campaign. Labissiere will be competing against veteran acquisition Zach Randolph, while 15th-overall pick Jackson looks to start because the Kings are woefully weak at the 3, no thanks to Rudy Gay's departure. Nope, this doesn't look like a playoff team, but it could've been worse. For whatever reason, this idea looks less than promising. The Raptors struggle out of the gate, and struggle in third quarters. 8. It remains to be seen how well Harden and CP3 will connect in the backcourt, but on paper, the Rockets just might have become the biggest threat to the Warriors in the Western Conference. Projected Starting Lineup: Dewayne Dedmon (C), Ersan Ilyasova (PF), Kent Bazemore (SF), Marco Belinelli (SG), Dennis Schroder (PG). Do you completely bury Valanciunas, probably further damaging any limited trade value he might have? Well, there have actually been a bunch of starting lineups due to injuries, but the two that have played by far the most minutes are Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas joined by one of Norman Powell or OG Anunoby. You've got Nikola Jokic hopefully available all year long as a do-it-all center who could score, rebound, and pass with the best of them. — miserable okc fan (@westbrookismvp) April 21, 2017 "The Raptors starting lineup was introduced with the Barney theme song in Milwaukee." But the big problem in Brooklyn is the team's dire lack of competent big men, following the Brook Lopez trade that got them Russell and...the grossly-overpaid Timofey Mozgov. Another year, another struggling starting lineup. The most common starting lineup for the Toronto Raptors has been OG Anunoby, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet. Published on Jul 18, 2017 With the changes in the team, it's time to figure out how their lineup will shape out. Dion Waiters was re-signed after a career year where he helped the Heat to a 30-11 record in the second half of 2016-17, and a healthy Justise Winslow should re-assume his starting SF role, with James Johnson possibly serving as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate at both forward spots. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Do you do that to Poeltl, restricting his development? Player roster with photos, bios, and stats. The difference this year is they are able to outscore a lot of those issues, which may not be considered acceptable as a strategy. That’s even worse than the not-so-nice -69 net rating the starters managed in the 1st half. Both times, the starting unit found itself wallowing in misery (and significant negative net ratings) while the bench unit, and the starters when they played with Patterson instead of Scola or Siakam, found great success. Projected Starting Lineup: Nikola Jokic (C), Paul Millsap (PF), Wilson Chandler (SF), Gary Harris (SG), Jamal Murray (PG). Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli's veteran status will likely have them starting early on in the season, while center will be contested by two journeymen, Dewayne Dedmon and Miles Plumlee, who shouldn't be starting elsewhere. McCollum (instead of Brandon Roy) in Portland's All-Time Team for NBA 2K18, but together with Damian Lillard, he makes up one-half of one of the NBA's most potent backcourts. Raptors Aggregator. Ditto Al-Farouq Aminu, who will again be holding off the mediocre Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh, and now late 1st-rounder Caleb Swanigan at power forward. Realistically, only one of them will earn that starting small forward role. The era of Lob City may be over, but if you come to think of it, the Clippers still have the makings of a playoff-bound team in 2017-18, albeit one that might not make it past the first round. As long as Gregg Popovich is coaching the San Antonio Spurs, you know that his team going deep in the playoffs with a tried-and-true veteran lineup is almost as guaranteed as death and taxes. After four years of teases, we would have figured Alex Len would finally be ready to assume the starting center role in Phoenix from day one. Ninth-overall pick Dennis Smith is an intriguing prospect at point guard, and since the way-past-his-prime Devin Harris is his top competition, he's a likely First Team All-Rookie candidate, but still someone who's due to experience some growing pains. Shop for Philadelphia Eagles Starting Lineup Super Bowl And Raptors Starting Lineup 2017 18 Philadelphia Eagles Starting Lineup Super Bowl And Raptors Starting The Grizzlies will be starting 2017-18 with one of the league's best defensive centers (Marc Gasol) and one of the league's best defensive point guards (Mike Conley), both of whom have other skills that put them among the league's top 10 in their respective positions. How has that lineup done this year, overall? He took the backup job from Nogueira last season, and now is performing very well in that role this season, even though the Raptors have been running a deep rotation, especially at centre. Projected Starting Lineup: Jonas Valanciunas (C), Serge Ibaka (PF), Pascal Siakam (SF), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Kyle Lowry (PG) There's not much different with the Raptors, looking at this prospective starting lineup for opening day of the 2017-18 NBA season. 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Harrison Barnes enjoyed a breakout 2016-17 season after being freed from the Golden State Warriors, and will remain the first offensive option. It’s become an all-too-familiar refrain this time of year. Could 2017-18 be the year Davis and the Pelicans make a deep playoff run? Tim Hardaway Jr. was the big free agent signing, and while he now has more chances to shine, he's not the game-changing youngster the Knicks sorely need another one or two of. Projected Starting Lineup: Willy Hernangomez (C), Kristaps Porzingis (PF), Carmelo Anthony (SF), Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG), Ron Baker (PG). And if we are to be honest, he and Wesley Matthews are the surest things in this Mavs starting lineup, as Nerlens Noel is coming off an injury-marred 2016-17, to say little of Nowitzki showing more and more of his age. First-rounder Frank Ntilikina may be the future at PG, but for the meantime, he'll have to watch and learn behind the likes of young journeyman Ron Baker and/or veteran journeyman Ramon Sessions. Makes sense — stylistically that lineup couldn’t be much more different than the current one. Lineup | Minutes Played | Offensive Rating | Defensive Rating | Net RatingKL-DD-NP-SI-JV: 122 MP, 107.2 ORTG, 112.0 DRTG, -4.8 RTGKL-DD-OG-SI-JV: 91 MP, 113.8 ORTG, 112.7 DRTG, +1.1 RTG. I give you my my starting lineup and my bench for this upcoming season. The Bucks will be trotting out one of the youngest starting lineups in the NBA, though the fact that Jabari Parker is likely to be out until early next year means that it could have been younger, AND better. Coach Dwane Casey sent out Siakam in Valanciunas’ place to give the starters some defensive backbone and energy in transition. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. (The lineup had a +28 net rating in the third prior to the Pacers game, but that didn’t stop the collapse.) You also have Kyle Lowry still putting up strong numbers as the starting point guard. Oh, you better believe this is going to be a rough year for the Kings. The drop-off in talent from Chris Paul to Patrick Beverley is one of the first things you may notice from the starting lineup, but as you can also see, J.J. Redick's departure could also mean Austin Rivers finally getting promoted to a full-time starting job. Ladies and gentlemen, here's probably the closest the NBA has to a starting lineup you'd find on an expansion team. Projected Starting Lineup: Karl-Anthony Towns (C), Gorgui Dieng (PF), Jimmy Butler (SF), Andrew Wiggins (SG), Jeff Teague (PG). Show page for Starting Lineup with all attributed Toronto Raptors content from Sportsnet 590, Sportsnet Video and Sportsnet 650 But let’s also put it in the context of the issues from the past, again using 4-man units, ignoring the revolving door at starting SF. You've also got some starting lineups with one or two minor changes, as these teams seek to improve their seeding in the regular season, or improve their chances of going all the way to the NBA Finals. The lack of attacking mentality also makes it seem like the team is going through the motions early, which may translate to that missing defensive energy. Certainly, you want better than .500 ball from your starting unit. Jalen Harris would be headed to the G League right now, except plans for that are on hold. Projected Starting Lineup: Zaza Pachulia (C), Draymond Green (PF), Kevin Durant (SF), Klay Thompson (SG), Stephen Curry (PG). Raptors ’ starting lineup you 'd find on an expansion team the the. 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