Holiday Raptors wishes

Raptors forward Reggie Evans reacts during the game against the Magic at the Amway Center in...

Raptors forward Reggie Evans reacts during the game against the Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on November 12, 2010. (FERNANDO MEDINA/NBAE via Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

TORONTO - The Raptors surely got all kinds of goodies this holiday season, but heres a look at what should have really been on their Christmas lists:

Solomon Alabi: He is already living his dream just by making it to the NBA so this was likely one of his most memorable Christmases, even without a gift.

Leandro Barbosa: The Brazilian Blur needs a full-body healing chamber. Hes been hampered by a wrist injury since getting hammered on a layup attempt in Montreal and has also played through other ailments. Barbosa has been a solid addition, and most needs a return to health.

Andrea Bargnani: A special version of those blinders that racehorses wear that only lets him operate in the low post on offence. Teams have had few answers for Bargnani down low, but too often he doesnt set up there and launches long jumpers (35.6% from three, second-worst mark of career).

Jerryd Bayless: A private workout session with either Steve Nash or John Stockton focusing on decision-making and how to best make use of your teammates. Bayless is a talent, but must learn from some of the greats how to put it all together.

Jose Calderon: Rest and relaxation. Having seemingly conquered hamstrings issues that have plagued him for two seasons, Calderon has battled a foot problem. Hes having an outstanding season (12.2 points, 9.2 assists, 48% three-point shooting as a starter) and just needs a little break to get recharged.

Ed Davis: A portable bed to keep in the practice gym. The youngster needs to bulk up in order to bang with the NBAs grown men and needs to live in the weight room.

DeMar DeRozan: Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady videos. DeRozan needs to learn how to use his athletic gifts better and how to develop a deadly jumper the way the two scoring dynamos once did. By studying the ball-handling and shooting form of Bryant and McGrady, the sophomore can step up his game.

Joey Dorsey: An assurance that hell be around for awhile. Dorsey has been week-to-week his entire pro career, but has shown enough to warrant a long stay in Toronto as an inexpensive rebounding machine.

Reggie Evans: A trade to a contender. Toronto has a lot of young, talented big men it will rely on in the future. Evans is expendable and should be rewarded for his strong play with a move to a playoff squad.

Amir Johnson: Find a player who went from a fouling machine to a more in control defender, and ask him how he did it and study his techniques. Fouls are all that are holding Johnson back.

Linas Kleiza: Some sleep. The Raptors have been running Kleiza into the ground (38, 37 and 45 minutes played his past three games) so he could probably use a rest, though he recently said hed rather be exhausted than on the bench.

Peja Stojakovic: A mutual separation. The Raptors dont need Peja and he doesnt need them. The steady veteran would be a deadly bench bomber for a number of contendingteams.

Sonny Weems: Introspection. Weems needs to figure out what he is andwhat hes not. He cant take shots like hes a first or second option and he cant take plays off defensively when he has all the tools to be a solid defender.

Julian Wright: A call from the front office saying hell be back next year. Wright can be retained via a $3.9 million US qualifying offer, but that decision likely wont be made until next fall.

Jay Triano: A break health-wise. The head coach has had just two players make it through all 29 games so far. With the talent as sparse and green as it is in Toronto at the moment, a further run on injuries simply cannot be overcome.

Bryan Colangelo: Some juicy trade opportunities. The GM has some nice assets on hand (expiring contracts, hefty trade exception) and needs to turn them into at least one key future piece.


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