Atlantic Division preview
Old 12-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2010-11 record: 22-60
Finish: Fifth in Atlantic Division
Playoffs: N/A
Strengths: The Raptors have two things going for them: youth and financial flexibility. Both Ed Davis and Jonas Valanciunas (who won't arrive until 2012) have a lot to prove, but they just might be a frontline to build around. Toronto will probably add another lottery pick a year from now and has the cap space to bring in the right complementary pieces.

Challenges: The Raptors have been absolutely awful defensively over the last two seasons. New head coach Dwane Casey will certainly help on that end of the floor, but their two highest-paid players, Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon, are both serious defensive liabilities. And though they have cap space, getting free agents to come to Toronto isn't easy.
Outlook: The defense will improve some under Casey, and Davis will get a full season of experience under his belt. But this is still the worst team in the Atlantic Division, below average on both ends of the floor. On the bright side, the 2012 draft will be strong, so it's a good year to be a bad team.
This could make a difference: Enticing free agents to come to Toronto could be difficult, but Bryan Colangelo could use his cap space to upgrade his roster via trade or put a bid on a player that's been waived via the amnesty clause. That would certainly accelerate the rebuilding process.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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