MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Chris Bosh. Forget the 24 points and 10.8 rebounds he brings on average; the team functions so much better just because he's on the court. Toronto went 2-4 in February when he missed six games because of a sprained ankle, then finished 2-3 when he missed the final five crucial games because of a broken nose.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
Hedo Turkoglu. Signed to a five-year, $53 million free agent contract -- the most lucrative ever given out by the Raptors -- he was a non-factor for most of the season.
FREE AGENT FOCUS
--Chris Bosh is the Raptors' most significant free agent in half a decade. The most promising sign is that he has said he will work with GM Bryan Colangelo on a sign-and-trade deal if he wants to leave to assure the Raptors get some assets for him.
--Antoine Wright was the team's top perimeter defensive player but fought injuries for most of the season. There might not be room for him on a team that already has Hedo Turkoglu, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems and Marco Belinelli under contract at the same position.
--Amir Johnson, a promising 22-year-old big man, figures prominently in Toronto's future. The Raptors want to keep him, and with GM Bryan Colangelo fearful of losing power forward Chris Bosh, Johnson becomes even more integral to the team's future.
--Rasho Nesterovic, a veteran big man, was on a one-year contract at the minimum salary. It's a virtual certainty he won't be back. It's also possible his 13-year career is over.
--Patrick O'Bryant never played and seldom was in uniform. He was a virtual afterthought and will be gone.
--F Hedo Turkoglu has some amends to make. The high-priced free agent was a flop in his first season in Toronto as the Raptors failed to qualify for the playoffs. He was a whipping boy for the fans all season and apologized for his play after the season ended.
"I know I disappointed a lot of people, especially the fans after they watched me many years ... and they expect a lot of things from me and I couldn't do that. I know I upset a lot of people, but it wasn't really on purpose. ... I didn't come here not to perform or not to play," he said.
--C Andrea Bargnani is 7-feet tall and about 265 pounds and managed to get only 6.2 rebounds per game. Mostly it's because he's a bad weak-side defender and never fills space to grab missed shots. It's something he has vowed to work on, as hard as it might be.
"That's tough because it's not something you can work on individually," he said. "I think I can watch video, gain experience. Maybe try to use the national team games, if I'm going to play them to try to learn something. I think that's the most difficult part to learn because it's something you can't work on, like: 'I'm going to work on this for the next week.' "
--F Joey Dorsey is the Raptor nobody knows about. And for good cause. The young big man was signed to a contract in the last weeks of the season and spent every game in street clothes watching from the end of the bench. So why sign him? He's a Raptor to give the team an extra body for the summer league and, because of the free agency issues of Chris Bosh and Amir Johnson, he might find himself employed next fall.
--F Chris Bosh (nasal surgery) was out at the end of the season but should be fine by training camp -- wherever he's playing.
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