No coincidence that as JO plays more games, gets better adjusted to playing with new teammates, his numbers will get better.
He saves CB4 a lot of wear and tear. Maybe part of the reason Bosh is having a good year so far.
Bosh doesn't have to guard the other team's big man, like Dwight Howard. JO is much more physical and willing to bang. He also helps out (or saves) the Raptors perimeter D by giving mucho lane intimidation.
But looking past the stats, JO has brought a much needed attitude, an edge. He plays like he owns the paint. Not since Charles Oakley has a Raptor team had this...presence.
The signs are pointing to JO having a good year. He's still not there yet. The offence is still not as smooth and polished as it should.
But, to answer the most obvious question --- would the Raptors have made this trade again? In a heartbeat.
Stop with the injury talk. It's old and it's annoying.
JO is having a good season so far, because he can play defense all he wants to without needing to score. The problem with the Pacers was that he had to score and defend, but now with Bosh, he can do a bit of both, but more of defense. I don't know where everyone has been the past decade, but JO is a damn good defender.
If he's healthy, great. Maybe JO will think he can get more money on the open market (if he does he's an idiot) and opt out. That would make Toronto very happy. Either way it doesn't matter, because the Raptors are not talented or deep enough to contend.
If Oneal can stay healthy and continue down this path the Raptors are one above average wing player away from being contenders.
With their lack of depth, terrible wing players and JO still being a question mark in the health department I wouldn't put any money on it. But if they can snatch a Crawford or Miller without giving up too much they could potentially become one of the scary teams in the league.