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Ten Raptors, five starting jobs

With the pre-season half over, the Raps’ starting 5 is far from set. Here are some of the choices.

Point guards

Jose Calderon

He’s not shooting particularly well, just 30 per cent from the floor and he’s missed all seven three-pointers he has attempted in four games. But his assist-to-turnover ratio of 4:1 is solid. He seems to mesh well with the more half-court oriented groups coach Jay Triano has run out there.

Jarrett Jack

Was stellar down the stretch and in overtime of Wednesday’s victory over the Sixers, leading the team with 24 points. He plays at a quicker tempo than Calderon, which meshes well with the likes of Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems and Leandro Barbosa but he’s also committed a team-high 10 turnovers to just 20 assists. He’s hot from the field, though, 4-for-4 from three-point range.

On the wing

DeMar DeRozan

His man defence needs some work but he’s shown flashes of improvement coming off a solid rookie year. Nothing’s guaranteed but he looks to be almost a sure thing to start.

Linas Kleiza

The free agent acquisition has been among the biggest surprises. On a team without a true offensive “star” he could very well morph into the go-to guy.

Leandro Barbosa

Biggest and most pleasant surprise of the pre-season. He’s the team’s leading scorer (15.3 points per game) and is shooting more than 51 per cent from the field.

Sonny Weems

Hasn’t been a star in any of the pre-season games but seems to have developed some nice chemistry with Jack on an energetic second unit.

Big men

Andrea Bargnani

Dreadful start to the exhibitions season, he has missed 37 of a team-high 48 field goal attempts in four games (23 per cent shooting) and he’s been a lacklustre defender at times. Still, Triano says he’s not worried about the seven-footer’s production and Bargnani does remain the only guy virtually assured a starting role

Amir Johnson

The recipient of a lucrative contract as a free agent in the summer, the young big man continues to be the team’s most energetic front-court player and leads the Raptors in rebounds through four games. He’s still got a propensity to foul too often that causes concern among the coaches.

Reggie Evans

Slimmed down and in shape, the veteran has started two games alongside Bargnani to help boost the team’s rebounding efforts. The trouble is, he’s a notoriously bad free throw shooter and that may mean they can’t count on him to be on the floor in the dying minutes of close games because teams will foul him.

David Andersen

A big man with deep shooting range rather than someone who can protect the paint defensively, he’s a front-court specialist who isn’t likely to crack the rotation for any significant role.