Forty-one games gone.
Forty-one games to go.
The Raptors are 15-26 and likely will be until they play game number 42 in Miami, Wednesday.
Time for the mid-season report card.
Quincy Acy: 3.1 PPG, 2.10 RPG: Has delighted coaching staff with recent play and provided valuable minutes as team struggles without bigs Bargnani and Valanciunas. Has showed ability to hit 15 footers. Won’t ever rebound like his doppelganger Reggie Evans but will score more. Still miles to go. +C.
Alan Anderson: 12.3 PPG, 2.30 RPG: Excellent defender who can handle guards and forwards. Vocal leader. Shooting percentage of .377 only real negative. +B.
Andrea Bargnani: 16 PPG, 4.30 RPG: Played only 21 games because of injury but seemed to regress. –C.
Jose Calderon: 11 PPG, 7.6 APG: Leads NBA with a 4.59 assist-to-turnover ratio. Has benefited from team-wide upgrade in defence after team’s terrible start. Exemplary worker. -A.
Ed Davis: 9.4 PPG, 6.60 RPG: Remember when Davis’s game was so embryonic that he went to summer league? Can still be overpowered by some bigs but is showing fantastic upside as a scorer, rebounder and defender. B.
DeMar DeRozan: 17.3 PPG, 4.50 RPG: What had been an encouraging progression has hit a speedbump. Confidence in his jump shot seems to have wavered and teams seem to be sagging back to protect against penetration. Still needs work with ball-handling. Worth remembering he is only 23 and is team’s leading scorer. -B.
Landry Fields: 5.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG: Tale of two seasons as he was dramatically better after returning from ulnar nerve surgery. Impeccable defensively. Ability of Acy to earn minutes means both Fields and Anderson can guard small forwards. Intelligent player who should become more effective as he and Calderon mesh. C.
Aaron Gray: 2.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG: Good screen setter. Limited offence. Good dressing room presence. No surprises. C.
Amir Johnson: 9 PPG, 6.40 RPG: Diligent work on his defensive technique has allowed him to play deeper in games. Excellent chemistry with Calderon and gaining confidence in his mid-range jumper. Natural power forward can play centre depending on the matchup. Committed, honest player. B.
Linas Kleiza: 7.4 PPG, 2.60 RPG: Enduring tough season. Has missed 22 games with knee problems. –C.
Kyle Lowry: 14.2 PPG, 5.9 APG: Still looking to find his place. Gives Raptors a closer who will take shot in close games. -B.
John Lucas III: 4.2 PPG, 1.7 APG: Exactly as advertised, can throw up points in a hurry. Great dressing room presence. +C.
Michael Pietrus: 5.6 PPG, 1.9 RBG. Lost starting role to Fields but can still a useful player off bench. -C.
Terrence Ross: 6.8 PPG, 2.30 RPG. Keeper. Has tremendous stroke and range. Adjusting to the NBA three-point line. Excellent wing defender. Strong defensive play means he can garner more floor time. Should have a big-time future. -B.
Jonas Valanciunas. PPG 7.8, RPG 5.30. Terrific motor and footwork. Fantastic upside. B.