bluerap23 wrote: Indeed wrote:
seanbig wrote:Honestly the only thing Yuta will be good for a ramen date with will Lou
Other than that I’m not holding my breath for anyone coming back from injury making an impact on our team
I think he is our only 3&D at the wing aside from OG (and playing defense Siakam).
Until Barnes and Banton can shoot the 3 to space the floor, Watanabe maybe valuable to fill a two-way role. Hope we are not asking him too much for doing things off the dribble.
Apparently Yuta is in full practice now so must be getting close. I think he will be a valuable bench player. Can stretch the floor on a unit devoid of shooting. Remember when someone started a thread saying that Yuta was done for the season? Good times.
Watanabe is being underrated. The Olympics helped him grow and he should have the chance for more opportunity.
He has the positioning skills, lateral quickness, cutting ability, and shooting to be a valuable role player for the Raptors. Durability might be an eventual problem for him but I could see him being the best all-around back up PF for the Raptors this season. Adding him into the rotation gives the Raptors a full 6'9 line up.
Siakam, OG, Yuta, Svi, and Barnes would be interesting. You have two great cutters in Svi and Yuta that also shoot at a 40% clip from 3. You have post offense from Siakam and OG. Siakam at the 5 might have some issues but the amount of corner threes this team could generate would be similar to GSW.
The defense is the talking point. There would now be 4 players with great ability to switch with our core three and including Yuta. Yuta is great at making rotations and doesn't back down from challenging rolling bigs or athletic wings (Edwards). He's a textbook great player based on principle although the lack of athleticism and vertical pop isn't there.
If Boucher could be half decent from 3 he would be a good addition instead of Siakam to this line up. Svi, Yuta, and Barnes can hit the roller off the pick. It gives valuable rest to our starting core of Siakam, FVV, and GTJ.
TLDR; We need a better bench and Yuta is a good addition.