Advance Scout: Toronto At Mavs
Posted Dec 30, 2011

Kyle Leath, an NBA scout working for the Nuggets, is also working for He provides you with gameday Advance Scouting Reports on Mavs opponents. Today: Scouting the Raptors, who are at the AAC tonight:

Toronto Raptors at Dallas Mavericks 730 p.m. Friday

Probable starters:


F- Andrea Bargnani F- Shawn Marion

F- Rasual Butler F- Dirk Nowitzki

C- Amir Johnson C- Brendan Haywood

G- DeMar DeRozan G- Delonte West

G- Jose Calderon G- Jason Kidd


• In the half-court will run high pick/roll sets with Calderon, Barbosa and DeRozan.

• Calderon not as fast as some point guards in the league but a pinpoint passer who can find open man on break.

• Will open up the middle and iso Bargnani on block. Weak side wing will cut to ball.

• Run 1-4 high (UCLA) sets.

• Bargnani can step out and shoot three and also effective from the elbow.

• DeRozan is becoming a very good player. Good quickness to get to the rim and can shoot perimeter shot. Overall athleticism not unlike OKC's Westbrook, as you see here:


• Still trying to get to the level of defense that Coach Casey is known for. The former Mavs 'defensive coordinator' is in first year with Raptors.

• They struggle at times in defensive transition.

• Aggressive on the ball and in the passing lanes with perimeter players.

• Post players will allow offensive post to receive ball in post. (Something Dallas' bigs did well Thursday in OKC.)

• Will trail pick/roll and show with post defender.

Stat Check:

• Toronto is 3rd in the NBA is FG% at .494 and 6th in 3FG% at .417.

• Toronto is 1st in the NBA in Assist/Gm at 28.0. Calderon is 5th at 8.5/gm.

How to Beat the Raptors:

• Defensive recognition in pick/roll game. Know that Bargnani can/will pick and pop for three.

• Control Calderon by pressuring the ball and not giving him unchallenged passes.

• Move the ball offensively, make the Raptors play defense from side to side by reversing ball and making them play into the shot clock.

• Take advantage of Nowitzki mismatches.

Kyle Leath, a long-time Mavs staffer, former college head coach and now scout for the Denver Nuggets, provides you with an NBA-style scouting report before Mavs games.

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