MONTREAL - Minus departed superstar Chris Bosh, one of the most talented offensive players in the NBA, the Raptors knew they would have to spread the scoring around in order to be successful.
The approach is one favoured by European teams in international competition so its not surprising that Toronto’s Spanish point guard Jose Calderon — also one of the most unselfish players in the entire league — is a big proponent of that style.
Calderon believes the approach leads to a more united group.
“There’s more freedom,” Calderon said in the Montreal Canadiens locker room following Friday’s win over the Knicks in La belle province.
“With CB (Bosh), we had a franchise player so we (wanted) the ball with him. Now it’s different, we put the ball with other people and see what they can do. We have great players, every game will be different. I think we can be a much better team.”
Calderon scored 11 points Friday, one of seven Raptors in double figures, which was how the overall numbers shook out after Toronto's eight pre-season contests.
Last year, only five Raptors averaged over 10.0 points-per-game in the regular season, with Bosh's career-best 24.0 per leading the way. It is possible no Raptor cracks the 20 point-per-game barrier this season, though Andrea Bargnani would be the best bet to do so.