NBA Future Power Rankings (Insider)
Old 08-15-2012, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA Future Power Rankings: 1-5 - ESPN

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23. (tie) Toronto Raptors | Future Power Rating: 486

Rating / (Rank)
PLAYERS - 183 (25th)
MANAGEMENT - 75 (20th)
MONEY - 136 (11th)
MARKET - 37 (21st)
DRAFT - 55 (12th)

Raptors fans are hopeful that their team is about to turn the corner. Our formula isn't nearly as optimistic.

The team added three significant pieces this offseason. Kyle Lowry should add some much needed toughness at the point, Terrence Ross oozes potential at the wing and talented center Jonas Valanciunas is finally coming over after spending what would have been his rookie season abroad. Of the three, only Lowry expects to have an immediate impact on their record, as both Ross and Valanciunas are raw and will need time. Young players such as DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis still have a lot of room for growth, too.

On the downside, the Raptors spectacularly overpaid for Landry Fields in their quixotic attempt to lure Steve Nash to Toronto, and as a result, hampered their ability to have big-time cap space in the summer of 2013. At this point the Raptors won't have major cap space until 2014, when they may have to use much of it to re-sign Lowry and DeRozan. They also are unlikely to have their draft pick next year -- they sent it to the Rockets in the Lowry trade -- and by 2014, will probably be solid enough to warrant only a late lottery pick.

While the net result of the summer was baby steps in the right direction, Toronto needs a much more dramatic overhaul to be truly relevant again.

(Previous rank: 26)
Toronto market ranked 21st best market while Cleveland is ranked 20th?

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Funny that i was listening to the radio and they were saying that toronto is ranked as the 4th most liveable city in the world, and yet we're only 20th in the league ...
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Whoa nostalgia

The (Insider) Tag!!! It's been so long since I've seen that.

Brings me back to the espn days when Thriller was 5 years old, SJ was a man of few words, and I was the one with a short fuse for Torap's stubbornness.
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Whoa nostalgia

The (Insider) Tag!!! It's been so long since I've seen that.

Brings me back to the espn days when Thriller was 5 years old, SJ was a man of few words, and I was the one with a short fuse for Torap's stubbornness.
whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

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