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Atlantic Division Preview 2013-14: The Raptors

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The Raptors haven't made the playoffs since Chris Bosh put on a Raptors uniform. With the Celtics season full of uncertainties. The Raptors may grab one of the last playoff spots if guys like Rudy Gay, and DeRozan form a nice duo. The Raptors lost two cornerstones for the past decade or so in Raptors basketball. The Raptors traded Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks, and Jose Calderon is now with the Mavs. Here is the potential roster.

Tyler Hansbrough is a nice addition. On the roster above two players are still free agents. The two players are Pietrus, and Telfair. Last year the Raptors finished 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 34-48 record, and they also finished last in the Atlantic with a 5-11 record against the division. The Raptors finished 16th OVERALL with an average of 97.2 points per game. The Raptors finished the season as one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA with 40.2 per game, and that was 28th in the NBA. The Raptors allowed 98.7 points last season, while they dished out 21.5 assists per game for 20th in the NBA.

Team leaders: PPG: Gay 18.2 RPG: Johnson 7.5 APG: Calderon 7.1

The Raptors are a team in the middle of changing tires under a new direction with reigning Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, who joined the franchise in May of 2013. Their acquisition of Gay this past season was out of left field, and the first big step the organization has made to change its culture since Bosh was in town, but again they missed the playoffs. The Raptors didn't have a pick in the 2013 draft  first-round, after trading it to Houston in a deal that landed Kyle Lowry. I don't see the Raptors making a jump. I see them near the same as last season. They will win over 30 games, or around that number. So many other teams in the East have a bit more talent. Rudy Gay is unproven as the go-to guy.

The Raptors should be exciting to watch this season, but I don't see it resulting in a playoff run.

Categories: Atlantic Preview 2013-14

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