ESPN Power Rankings: Raptors #24 Stein: You know how we’ve been saying for weeks that the Wiz are the only Easterners out of the playoff hunt? Probably can’t say so any more after five straight Ls and a 6½-game deficit with 18 to play for my Raps.
I think the 2007 Raptor team's biggest problem was a lack of secondary scoring option. We had Bosh (who was neutralized by Mikey freakin' Moore), and everyone else. Was any team scared of Calderon or Parker dropping 25? Definitely not.
This year, we've got 2 legit scorers in Lowry and DeRozan, and even Salmons and Vasquez have the ability to turn a broken play into 2 points. I'm not suggesting this current team are worldbeaters, but their offense isn't as one-dimensional as the 2007 team, without even saying anything about the improved defense.