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Old 10-01-2012, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Certainly one of if not the most interesting division in the NBA top to bottom.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In a couple of years, stars like Pierce, Garnett, Joe Johnson, Amare, Gerald Wallace will be out of the league or having little impact to the game, the division will be up for grabs and the Raps will have a strong nucleus that will have played together for a couple of years. Let the powerhouses battle now (LA, MIA, OKC, SA) and let the youngsters develop.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In a couple of years, stars like Pierce, Garnett, Joe Johnson, Amare, Gerald Wallace will be out of the league or having little impact to the game, the division will be up for grabs and the Raps will have a strong nucleus that will have played together for a couple of years. Let the powerhouses battle now (LA, MIA, OKC, SA) and let the youngsters develop.
problem is our best players are both 26. what happens if our young don't develop, and Bargs and lowry fade away? we'll never hit that top, and we'll be on a treadmill with val leading the way, much like the Bosh era
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I actually feel that all 5 teams in our division can make the playoffs
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is probably the most up in the air division in the NBA.
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I actually feel that all 5 teams in our division can make the playoffs
is that even possible?
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is that even possible?
yeah it just leaves 3 extra spots for the 2 other divisions.
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I actually feel that all 5 teams in our division can make the playoffs
I kinda feel it's the most realistic scenario for Raptors to make it - do it with other 4 teams, because passing them by will be haaard.

Someone should find out if there was such a case in nba history that all teams from a same division made the playoffs
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I kinda feel it's the most realistic scenario for Raptors to make it - do it with other 4 teams, because passing them by will be haaard.

Someone should find out if there was such a case in nba history that all teams from a same division made the playoffs
someone asked Doug Smith this and he said it has never happened with a 5 team division. but its certainly not impossible, im not worried about how we stack up in our division im more concerned with how we stack up in our conference because that will determine whether or not we are a playoff team. no matter what division we're in those 4 teams would be ahead of us in the standings so i dont see the whole big deal.
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problem is our best players are both 26. what happens if our young don't develop, and Bargs and lowry fade away? we'll never hit that top, and we'll be on a treadmill with val leading the way, much like the Bosh era

worst case scenario. Not saying it can't happen, if it does, big shame and yeah, we'll struggle to make much impact.

if best case scenario or middling scenario happens we should be a decent/good playoff team.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #13 (permalink)
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we'll never hit that top, and we'll be on a treadmill with val leading the way, much like the Bosh era
If Val does lead they way, he'll have a much better young supporting cast than Bosh. We drafted players like Hoffa, Joey Graham, Charlie V, Ukic. Val has at least Derozan, Ed Davis, and Ross.
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problem is our best players are both 26. what happens if our young don't develop, and Bargs and lowry fade away? we'll never hit that top, and we'll be on a treadmill with val leading the way, much like the Bosh era
angst lol

casey's determination in turning this team into a defensive stud is all the hope i need that we won't turn into a treadmill team. if your apolcalyptic vision of valanciunas being the only star in toronto for the next 4 years worries you, there's a thing called "trades" and "signings".

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If Val does lead they way, he'll have a much better young supporting cast than Bosh. We drafted players like Hoffa, Joey Graham, Charlie V, Ukic. Val has at least Derozan, Ed Davis, and Ross.
+ Lowry, Bargnani
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