By Jeff Wong
One of the most memorable scenes in Back to the Future was when Marty ripped apart a soapbox scooter to transform it into a slick skateboard. In effect, Bryan Colangelo is pulling a McFly as we watch him make a dramatic change to the Raptors backcourt. Here is the expected guard lineup and the impact it might have on the team:
The Starting Lineup
SG: Morris Peterson
PG: TJ Ford
Pretty obvious stuff here. Ford and Peterson would complement each other well, as Ford’s got the court vision and inconsistent shot, while Mo Pete’s got the good jumper and average passing.
I wonder, though, if Jose Calderon has a place anymore on this team. His strengths and weaknesses are quite similar to Ford’s: pushes the ball, passes, but outside shot needs work. And waiting in Europe is 6’5″ Croatian PG Roko Ukic, who gives opponents a different look than TJ and House. (“TJ and House” – now there’s a pitch for TV execs!) Yep, another bit of the Babcock era may soon be Bobbitted.
The Second Unit
SG: Anthony Parker
“His ball-handling skills allow him to bring the ball up the floor and initiate the offensive smoothly as his team does not play with a traditional point guard. As you can tell by his assist numbers (just under four per game), he is an extremely unselfish player who possesses terrific court vision and knows how to find the open man.”
I focused on this particular paragraph because the Raptors’ second unit would consist of him and House, a non-traditional point guard. Ideally, Parker would have a Joe Johnson-type effect here, and generally affords Sam Mitchell some on-floor flexibility. If Parker can really handle it at the NBA level, we could see a big backcourt on some occasions with him and Mo Pete.
Well, this is all speculation right now, because most NBA clubs haven’t made the official announcements of signings yet. Boy, that DeLorean sure would come in handy.