The Toronto Raptors chosen to stand out this year. But why could a 48-win outfit, the Raps, go fixing things which weren’t broken?
Kyle Lowry got a market-rate contract of $48 million and four years, which assured pace-setter and the team’s leader would reunite. When the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on inner growth by the likes of Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan, the latter having made his initial All-Star Game last February.
There’s still some young intrigue on the roster, though the Raptors are. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo was the surprise pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how good that the Brazilian might become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he’s another potential-packed prospect. Although he’s not close to being a significant contributor to the floor, Nogueira is tackling the adjustment to his team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you get the feeling that even if Nogueira was in the center of Siberia with no drop of Russian in his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a wonderful job of keeping up a status quo while injecting just exciting possibility to have some upside down.
And no, I can not explain why their chances are low as the Knicks’.
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