ESPN's Future Power Rankings : Raps 26th
Source : http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story...kings-1-120208
26. Toronto Raptors | Future Power Rating: 434
PLAYERS MANAGEMENT MONEY MARKET DRAFT
123 (27th) 70 (22nd) 123 (12th) 38 (19th) 80 (6th)
Virtually nothing has changed since we checked in on them last March. The Raptors are still a long, long way from coming together in a coherent fashion. Overall, they slipped another spot in the rankings to No. 26 as they continue to idle at the bottom of the East standings.
But there are reasons for optimism. For starters, many NBA scouts are very high on last year's draft pick, Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas, who should allow the Raptors to play Andrea Bargnani (who continues to improve his game) at his more natural position at the 4 next season. The team is also in line for a high pick this June in what looks to be a very strong draft. In addition, Toronto could get significant cap room this summer if it uses its amnesty clause.
On the downside, much of their young talent is still a work in progress. After a terrific sophomore season, DeMar DeRozan has regressed quite a bit this season. The team also still has gaping holes at both the small forward and point guard positions going forward (Jose Calderon is solid, but he's not the point guard of the future). And even with the cap room, will it really matter? Lots of teams are poised to have major cap space the next few years, and Toronto hasn't really been a marquee destination for top free agents.
(Previous rank: 25)
Is ESPN that blind when it comes to objective judgement north of the border ? Or are we, Raps fan, living in a fairytale ?