Rookies lead

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

SACRAMENTO -- Toronto rookies Charlie Villanueva and Jose Calderon are among the rookie leaders.

Villanueva ranks second in rebounding (6.6) and fourth in scoring (12.7) while Calderon is second in assists (5.8).

All three Raptors rookies, Villanueva, Calderon and Joey Graham, are logging plenty of minutes and while that's good for their development, it's tough on head coach Sam Mitchell, who has had to endure plenty of ups and downs with his talented, young trio.

"Six months ago, they were in the dorm watching NBAgames, now they're out there playing, 20 plus minutes. That's tough, and I have to remind myself of that," Mitchell said.

When asked if he has to remind himself of that, as not to get overly frustrated, Mitchell replied: "It's not about keeping me from getting angry, but expecting too much from the guys."

Mitchell said that he also has to remind himself that Chris Bosh, while playing in his third year in the NBA, is still only 21 years of age.

"He has a lot of talent, but there are a lot of things that are happening to him that he hasn't seen before," Mitchell said.

"He's playing 40 minutes a night, plus he's guarding a good player on the other hand, plus he's got to try to get 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) every night, and he has to play defence, and he has to block shots ..."

The bottom line, on a 1-12 team, he has to do a lot.


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