2022-12-22 · 3 min read · NBA/Basketball
Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam, Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic, and Miami Heat Tyler Herro

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Toronto Raptors
Things have come off the rails in Raptor-land.The losses continue to pile up, reaching 6 in a row before Pascal Siakam’s brilliant performance too will a win for a his team in the garden.That aside, there seems to be something broken.
At a broad glance, the defence, which has been their calling card for years, isn’t THAT bad, ranking 11th in the league.But the eye test says something different, as it’s become way too easy to score on Toronto in the half court, particularly in the 4th quarter.
Tobias Harris getting anything he wants down the stretch, Jordan Poole exploding for 42 points, DeAaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis looking like Stockton and Malone…there are a dozen examples from games in recent weeks that outline the issues plaguing the Raptors.
The offense isn’t helping things either.Watching them operate in the half court is downright painful.They don’t have nearly enough scoring in the backcourt to be competitive in today’s game.
Scottie Barnes has had a disappointing second year, Fred Vanvleet is drastically overrated and shouldn’t be a lead guard, Pascal Siakam is wonderful, but he can’t do it all by himself.
It seems like a full on rebuild is in order, which would mean cutting their losses on this season, and trading the likes of Vanvleet, Siakam and OG Anunoby.All three players could garner a large return of young talent and picks should Toronto decide to go that route.
Regardless of who ultimately gets moved, it’s become clear that Masai Ujiri needs to do something.
Dallas Mavericks
Another team middling in mediocrity, the Mavs just don’t have enough around generational talent Luka Doncic right now.They’ve become reminiscent of the 2018 Houston Rockets with James Harden’s ball dominant style running the show, and not in a good way.
Dallas needs to add another scorer to take the pressure off of Luka.They tried to do this on a smaller scale last season by bringing in Spencer Dinwiddie, which didn’t pan out the way they thought.Now, it's time to think bigger.
Ironically, OG Anunoby would fit perfectly with this team, as an elite 3 and D wing who can take control of the offense at times as well. Anunoby can score in ways that don’t require a super high usage, which bodes well as a pairing with Luka.
If not, perhaps they could make a call to Washington to see if Bradley Beal is on the table.They can’t waste prime Luka years, so it would behoove them to try to salvage something out of this year, especially with the west being wide open.
Miami Heat
Miami, like the other two teams mentioned, has been up and down this year, plagued by injuries to their top three players Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry.
Still, this team feels very thin depth-wise, and in a conference with a top tier of Boston and Milwaukee, it's not likely that this iteration of the Heat will be able to realistically compete. The main core is pretty old as well, with the exception of Tyler Herro, and they don’t have a ton of future assets.
All things considered, it might be time for a rebuild, to try to get a massive haul for Jimmy Butler while they still can.A team like the Denver Nuggets would be a perfect fit for Butler, who at this point in his career isn’t suited to be on a .500 like Miami is currently.
A massive picks package and a young player or two, like Bones Hyland, could be enough to pry him away, and for Denver, acquiring Butler would solidify them as a true title contender, and provide insurance for the Jamal Murray injury concerns.
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