In this breakdown of the Tornoto roster after the Raptors traded for Jermaine O'Neal, 3 In The Key writes that one of the big weaknesses in the starting lineup is Naperville Central graduate Anthony Parker. Well, sort of.
It's not Anthoy Parker that is the problem per se, but the combination of Parker and Jamario Moon that causes TSN's basketball blogger concern.
And make no mistake, even with a fully healthy O'Neal, this team still needs upgrades.
The first, and most well documented in this space, comes on the wing. Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon are fine NBA players, and either one would make a great NBA starter if flanked by more talent alongside on the perimeter. Together, though, they make up one of the meekest starting-swing combos in the NBA. Neither one creates much havoc with his offensive game and neither one demonstrated much stopping power last season as the Raptors were routinely torched by opposing big guards and small forwards.