A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE RAPTORS
The Raptors aren't so lousy anymore, but they'll have a hard time getting out of last place in the Atlantic because it's such a good division.... José Calderón is somebody a lot of teams would like to have, but his big price tag [$10.6 million] has put him out there in the last year of his contract. Will they start him in order to trade him, or will they start Kyle Lowry? ... You look at Lowry's numbers and you say, He's a really good player; but there has got to be something else there—because it was a numbers guy, [Rockets G.M.] Daryl Morey, who got rid of him.... DeMar DeRozan can be a star, but first he has to get a feel for who he is: Is he a two or a three? His body is better suited to be a two, but he's not a knockdown shooter. He could turn out to be a better-defending Rip Hamilton type—a midrange guy.... Andrea Bargnani is a tough matchup because of his height. He's really a stretch four. I do like that he has posted up more in the last year or two, and that he puts the ball on the floor more often.... I know they believe Jonas Valanciunas and Bargnani can make up their front line for the long term, which must mean they think Valanciunas can play inside.