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From The Star

DeMar DeRozan, are you ready for your close-up?

When the Raptors meet in October to begin prepping for their season, no question outside of the ubiquitous Chris Bosh variety will be as pertinent to this team's fortunes out of the gate.

If DeRozan can step right in at age 20 and replace the departed Anthony Parker at shooting guard, the effect could be electrifying. Parker was a solid but unspectacular presence. DeRozan, a 6-foot-7 high-flyer from Southern Cal, is the kind of athletic, above-the-rim project that hasn't been brought in around here since the 1998 draft and Vince Carter.

But the gap between starting at USC and in the NBA is huge. If DeRozan can settle in and contribute in the way Orlando's Courtney Lee did for the Magic last year starting and not looking out of place on a winning team it will be an acceptable opening to his NBA career. The DeRozan-Hedo Turkoglu wing combo, at the very least, figures to show some improvement, and perhaps more than just some, over last year's opening-day starters Parker and Jamario Moon.

At midsummer, there is one hole remaining, at backup small forward. The remainder of the Raptors' question marks are pretty much lower case. Andrea Bargnani needs to adjust to more minutes and a starting centre role, even if it will be of the face-the-basket variety of big-man approaches to which he's most suited. Newcomers Jarrett Jack, Antoine Wright and Reggie Evans are an upgrade to the bench, returning some of the spine and grittiness that departed along with Jorge Garbajosa last year.

The outlook at this early point could best be described as cautiously optimistic: better than last year, it would surely seem, with depth and toughness having been addressed.

But ready to mix with the top half of the conference? No one's going that far.
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