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Old 05-30-2013, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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26. Toronto Raptors | Future Power Rating: 469
PLAYERS MANAGEMENT MONEY MARKET DRAFT
232 (22nd) 82 (20th) 84 (22nd) 37 (22nd) 34 (25th)

The Raptors have seen better days. Toronto slid in our rankings this year after a season whose tumult was illustrated by then general manager Bryan Colangelo desperately putting his former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani on the trading block during a live local TV broadcast.

Bargnani was never traded, but the Raptors did absorb Rudy Gay and his swollen contract ahead of the deadline. In Toronto, Gay shot 42.5 percent from the floor, doing little to shed his label as an overpaid volume shooter. Gay is set to earn $37 million over the next two seasons.

The Raptors sputtered to a 34-54 record and a last-place finish in the Atlantic Division behind coach Dwane Casey. Colangelo has since been removed from basketball operations. The good news is that 2012-13 Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri of the Denver Nuggets might be taking over the reins in Toronto soon, but the deal has not been finalized at the time of this writing.

Aside from Gay, the Raptors have promising young talent in Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry. Whoever takes control of the organization would be wise to invest in developing Valanciunas, who showed flashes of dominance while sometimes looking like a mere pup. But at 21, he has the potential to become another Marc Gasol.

The Raptors rank in the bottom 10 in every category across the board. To change that, a star must emerge for Toronto. But they probably won't find him in the 2013 draft -- the Oklahoma City Thunder will be picking in Toronto's place at the 12th slot.

-- Tom Haberstroh
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Top five are Heat, Thunder, Rockets, Spurs, Warriors

i think there was a lot of the last quarter of the season was omitted when it came to the good things. too much BC talk.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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they're basing this off the possibility of one of howard, love or aldridge to rocket next season. in other words, make believe crap. i'm saving these articles up so i can ask for a refund for the past ten years i've been paying for the shit that they publish.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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espn is pushing hard the stats based approach, probably because of all the stat-minded writes they have now. That will explain why Houston is always gets a ton of praise despite making a lot of questioning moves, especially lately. Also explains why Memphis gets a very favourable treatment. Even after the blatant offensive issues they had against SA (and the virtual benching of prince in favour of pondexter), you would still see articles with words like "is memphis missing gay and his 42% playoff shooting? of course not, but ...".

They replaced their top scorer with a guy who averaged 7 and 4 in the playoffs, but somehow that made them better because it shifted more shots to gasol and randolph. That' s like saying that Miami would be better if they traded wade for landry fields, because it would free up more shots for lebron who is more efficient
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The Raptors sputtered to a 34-54 record and a last-place finish in the Atlantic Division behind coach Dwane Casey. Colangelo has since been removed from basketball operations.
yes, i'm going to listen to somebody who cannot do simple math.

34-48...we still stunk it up though
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34-54? Really...
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I gotta agree with your question. If Houston has Harden go down with an injury they are fuc#%ed IMO

But there is word they may get Dwight.
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