I was away on vacation for a couple of weeks, luckily there isn’t any Raptor news. Training camp is starting soon, I am sure there will be more talking points then.
So today, I am going to post a lighter topic: The all time Raptor defensive team.
Criteria: Only count players who played in a Raptor uniform (for example, Billups is a great defender, but he did it in Detroit, not in Toronto. So he is not eligible), also the length of time the player is in a Raptor uniform is also being considered.
So here we go:
Winner: Alvin Williams. Most coaches would agree that playing defense mostly consist of hard work and intelligence. No one works harder than Alvin in that regard. Williams is a big PG, can guard against both guard positions. His size works well in pick and roll situation where he is less likely to get stuck on the pick.
Runner up: Chris Childs. Say what you will about Childs, but he is a very tough defender. He doesn’t shy away from contact and learn well under Pat Riley.
Winner: Anthony Parker. Parker was a great defender in his first season, an above average defender in the 2nd season and average at-best in his third season. I still think AP in his first season with the Raptors is the best defender I have ever seen in a Raptor uniform.
Runner up: Doug Christie. Christie is big and very quick, but one thing I didn’t like about him is that he gambles too much and as a result he’s out of position.
Winner: Morris Peterson. The Raptors don’t have a lot of good SF in their history, especially one that can play D. Very often Mo Pete played SG, but he did play SF on occasion, so I am putting him here. Mo moves his feet very well, and draws at least a charge per game. He’s limited on offense, but works his butt off on defense.
Runner up: I really don’t have one. T-Mac was great during his final year with the Raptors. He is long, athletic and actually put an effort on defense. Jamario Moon has all the tools to be a great defender, excellent athlete, long arms and quick. Unfortunately for Moon, his basketball IQ isn’t all that good, he bites on every shot fakes.
Winner: Charles Oakley. Oak is famous for his toughness, but he is also very quick and use his hands as well as anybody. You won’t see any layups or dunks when Oak is around.
Runner up: Jerome Williams. JYD has tonnes of energy and moves well laterally. Excellent rebounder. His lack of strength and can be a bit overzealous when he is defending.
Winner: Antonio Davis. AD played his heart out for the most part. He’s undersized at 6-9 but he’s very strong and able to get good defensive position on most centers. Very good rebounder as well.
Runner up: Rasho Nesterovic. Rasho’s high basketball IQ helps here. While he can’t jump, he knows how to use his size to change shots. He has troubles defender against quicker guys, but a solid defender overall.
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