[2017-18 NBA Preview] Toronto Raptors

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Toronto Raptors one of those teams? No, they aren’t. With all due respect to Toronto fans, your team plays in the Eastern Conference and we all know that no one from the East is winning the NBA Championship. Go ahead and mark it down and harass me on Twitter if I’m wrong, but I’ve never been more confident in anything in my life. The Raptors have a good roster. I’d take Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas on my team any day of the week. However that “BIG 3” isn’t exactly going to put fear into the hearts of other NBA teams with all due respect. Toronto has been a good team over the course of the last two seasons and they’ve been one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams, but that’s not saying much in today’s NBA. We all know the power lies out West and it doesn’t really matter what happens in the East in the long run. The good news for Toronto fans is, it wouldn’t shock me one bit to see this team potentially sneak up and win the East and earn the right to play in their first ever NBA Championship where they get absolutely rolled by the Golden State Warriors. But hey, we are getting ahead of ourselves right?

What should we honestly expect from this Toronto team this year?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 34-48 (2012-13), 48-34 (2013-14), 49-33 (2014-15), 56-26 (2015-16), 51-31 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 Second-Round vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Dwane Casey

Overall Record: 314-284

Record With Team: 261-215

Playoff Record: 17-24


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Kyle Lowry (22.4 PPG, 7.0 APG, 4.8 RPG, 22.9 PER)

SG: DeMar DeRozan (27.3 PPG, 3.9 APG, 5.2 RPG, 24.0 PER)

SF: C.J. Miles (10.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 13.8 PER)

PF: Serge Ibaka (14.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 16.4 PER)

C: Jonas Valanciunas (12.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 20.1 PER)

Bench:

Delon Wright (PG), OG Anunoby (SF), Norman Powell (SG), Jakob Poeltl (C), Pasca Siakam (PF), Lucas Nogueira (C), Fred VanVleet (PG), Bruno Cabocio (SF), Lorenzo Brown (PG), Kennedy Meeks (C)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: DeMar DeRozan (27.3)

Rebounds Per Game: Jonas Valanciunas (9.5)

Steals Per Game: Kyle Lowry (1.5)

Assists Per Game: Kyle Lowry (7.0)

Blocks Per Game: Lucas Nogueira (1.6)

Turnovers Per Game: DeMar DeRozan (2.4)


 

The Prediction:

50-32

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