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    All right all you prognosticators, clairvoyants, and stats junkies. This is your chance to earn achievements, accolades, awards (imaginary), and most importantly establish your credibility with teenagers and bored office drones everywhere.


    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Landry Fields. Mostly because he was essentially the worst player in NBA history last year (especially for the money) and I think he will be serviceable this year.
    Everyone is saying JV .. but he was pretty good last year .. the hype might be overblown .. its gonna be hard to live up to

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    DD or RG (DD most likely, but one will be gone)

    3.) What will the season record be?

    30-52

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?
    no
    5.) What seed will they be?
    NA
    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?
    NA
    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?
    No one .. but JV if anyone
    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)
    Hopefully TR when DD/RG gets traded .. but ill admit its hard to say that now.
    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations
    Lowry. Buckys might ended up getting more time
    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?
    no
    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?
    many
    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?
    Lowry
    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?
    Somone with an expiring contract - we will be tanking. Think Charlie V
    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)
    Dwight
    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?
    Billy Donovan
    You have until the end of the first pre-season game to lock in your predictions. The winner will receive 1lb of chicken wings (your choice of sauce) and 1 pint of beer (pop if you are a minor) at wherever the next RR party is. Feel free to post and edit away for the next six weeks or so

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    Great thread.

    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Rudy Gay

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    Kyle Lowry

    3.) What will the season record be?

    44-38

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    Yes

    5.) What seed will they be?

    6th

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    First round elimination

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    Rudy Gay

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    DeMar DeRozan

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    Terrence Ross

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    Yes

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    Many times

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Terrence Ross

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    Brendan Haywood?

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Tyler Hansbrough

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    Lionel Hollins?
    Last edited by TRex; Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 01:33 AM.
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    Quote Marz wrote: View Post
    The key to this isn't whether or not Ross actually breaks out. It's whether Ross breaks out *according to this forum*. Given all the negativity after summer league, the perception of Ross breaking out could just be him not repeating his summer league performance.

    Always know your audience
    Seems a bit unfair though. You would have to TRY to be as bad as Ross was in summer league.

    I mean, by those standards, if Landry Fields has one successful layup all year, it will be a breakout season for him!

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    Quote themasao wrote: View Post
    Seems a bit unfair though. You would have to TRY to be as bad as Ross was in summer league.

    I mean, by those standards, if Landry Fields has one successful layup all year, it will be a breakout season for him!
    Exactly why I chose him as most improved! I would amend successful layup with successful jump shot .. but you are in the right ballpark.

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    Default A wild guess, just to support Landry

    Answers below:

    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season
    Landry Fields

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.
    Rudy Gay

    3.) What will the season record be?
    44-38

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?
    Yes

    5.) What seed will they be?
    6

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?
    First round

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?
    Jonas Valanciunas

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)
    Jonas Valanciunas

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations
    Demar Derozan

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?
    No.

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?
    Two.

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?
    Kyle Lowry

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?
    Kosta Koufos

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)
    Dwight Buycks

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?
    Nick Nurse
    Last edited by Kuh; Wed Jul 24th, 2013 at 09:32 AM.

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    Quote mountio wrote: View Post
    Exactly why I chose him as most improved! I would amend successful layup with successful jump shot .. but you are in the right ballpark.
    Exactly. It's not unfair at all. What's unfair are people making sweeping conclusions about Terrence Ross because of a bad summer league showing, or about Landry Fields because he was injured. It's possible they will be bad, but if I can play off of people's emotions to win bragging rights, I most certainly will!

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor?

    Jonas Valanciunas

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    Lowry

    3.) What will the season record be?

    39-43

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    No

    5.) What seed will they be?

    N/A

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    N/A

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    Val will go to the Rookie/Sophomore game

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    Valanciunas

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    Terrence Ross

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    No

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    3 times

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the injured list?

    Lowry

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    2014 first round pick

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Buyckes?

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    Nurse

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    Random suggestion:

    I see a lot of the people who think they'll miss the playoffs avoiding the "seed" question. While they may not make it to the playoff seeding, it would be fun to know if people have an opinion where they'll end up. I mean, if you say something like 30-52, what position in the standings does that put them in?

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    Quote Marz wrote: View Post
    Exactly. It's not unfair at all. What's unfair are people making sweeping conclusions about Terrence Ross because of a bad summer league showing, or about Landry Fields because he was injured. It's possible they will be bad, but if I can play off of people's emotions to win bragging rights, I most certainly will!
    Not to derail the thread but I am judging Ross by the fact that last year he looked completely lost out on the floor and missed the rim on more of his shots than any shooting guard I have ever watched at the NBA level, along with the fact that his talent set is extremely limited. The fact he went out and stunk it up in summer league isn't dispositive in terms of his career but it doesn't bode well when a guy who is supposedly a NBA rotation player can't get it done against guys who aren't in the league at all or, at best, are fringe players.

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    Quote white men can't jump wrote: View Post
    Random suggestion:

    I see a lot of the people who think they'll miss the playoffs avoiding the "seed" question. While they may not make it to the playoff seeding, it would be fun to know if people have an opinion where they'll end up. I mean, if you say something like 30-52, what position in the standings does that put them in?
    I predicted a 32-50 record, because I believe MU will tank (ie, trade a starter like Gay for picks/expiring contracts) if the team starts off slowly (and right now I'm guessing they will). I also predicted a 12th place finish in the conference. Orlando, Boston and Philly will probably end up as lower seeds.

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    Quote slaw wrote: View Post
    Not to derail the thread but I am judging Ross by the fact that last year he looked completely lost out on the floor and missed the rim on more of his shots than any shooting guard I have ever watched at the NBA level, along with the fact that his talent set is extremely limited. The fact he went out and stunk it up in summer league isn't dispositive in terms of his career but it doesn't bode well when a guy who is supposedly a NBA rotation player can't get it done against guys who aren't in the league at all or, at best, are fringe players.
    I'm not saying you're wrong or right. All I'm saying is that there are several people in this community who share a similar opinion. So if Ross manages to elevate his level just a little bit, the community would consider him most improved because of their expectations. Meanwhile, Jonas now has ungodly expectations placed on him that will be tempered by a few down-to-earth posters exclaiming it's only his second year. Still, many people will be disappointed.

    For the record, I don't think Ross is as bad as you say he is. I don't think he's going to be a Ray Allen, but I think he'll be better than a Chris Jeffries.

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Jonas Valanciunas - 15 and 9 guy

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    Terrence Ross - He'll be traded for a 2014 draft pick and Landry Field's improvement will have a lot to do with it

    3.) What will the season record be?

    41-41 -They'll pick it up after a slow start

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    Yes

    5.) What seed will they be?

    8 - Narrowly beating out Atlanta and Boston for that final spot

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    Conference Finals after they beat the Heat in 7 and Knicks in 6 - Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan become one of the leagues most feared wing combos in the process

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    Rudy Gay

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    Jonas Valanciunas

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    Terrence Ross

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    Yup

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    7

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Kyle Lowry - He'll be 100% healthy come playoff time though

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    2014 draft pick we get for Ross

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Quincy Acy

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    Nick Nurse I guess

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Jonas Valanciunas

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    Likely nobody, if playing poorly then Derozan

    3.) What will the season record be?

    42-40

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    Yes

    5.) What seed will they be?

    7

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    Lose in 6 first round

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    Nobody (other than skills comp)

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    Jonas Valanciunas

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    DJ Augustin

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    Yes

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    Twice

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Kyle Lowry

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    SG to push Derozan

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Dwyight Byuckyysysy

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    George Karl

    You have until the end of the first pre-season game to lock in your predictions. The winner will receive 1lb of chicken wings (your choice of sauce) and 1 pint of beer (pop if you are a minor) at wherever the next RR party is. Feel free to post and edit away for the next six weeks or so

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Rudy Gay - With his eye surgery, he will actually be able to see the rims.

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    Gay - Sell high

    3.) What will the season record be?

    40-42

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    No

    5.) What seed will they be?

    N/A

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    N/A

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    Gay

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    Gay

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    Amir

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    No

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    Thrice

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    JV

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    Tristan Thompson

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Quincy Acy

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    George Karl

    You have until the end of the first pre-season game to lock in your predictions. The winner will receive 1lb of chicken wings (your choice of sauce) and 1 pint of beer (pop if you are a minor) at wherever the next RR party is. Feel free to post and edit away for the next six weeks or so

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    I have a different type of prediction

    Lieweke just pulled a Nonis / Burke situation ... replaced Colangelo with Uriji

    The team will remain status quo (with the exception of a few minor moves ala leafs) we will make the playoffs in the 8th seed but push the Heat to 6 games. Fans will have hope in the Raptors again after that showing [kind of like the pacers vs heat series in 2012 or the go with my theme Leafs vs Bruins]

    the Uriji will make some solid moves next off season while maintaining the core


    If not I wouldn't mind seeing some of your predictions come true and we have a shot at Wiggins even if it only a slight chance

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    Quote white men can't jump wrote: View Post
    I see a lot of the people who think they'll miss the playoffs avoiding the "seed" question. While they may not make it to the playoff seeding, it would be fun to know if people have an opinion where they'll end up. I mean, if you say something like 30-52, what position in the standings does that put them in?
    I predicted 35 wins (I think they'll tank, but too late - Masai is a conservative value-driven GM - which is good, most of the time - and I don't think he'll execute a tank plan soon enough to do it full-on). I think they end up around 10th or 11th.

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Fields by a mile. Depends on whether or not they actually fixed his elbow, but he re-grooves his shot and keeps playing with his brain and he will be the most effective guy off the bench

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    I have to think Gay will be traded for a bad contract, back-up center and picks

    3.) What will the season record be?

    36-46

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    No

    5.) What seed will they be?

    N/A

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    N/A

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    N/A

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    JV

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    Ross

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    Yes

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    Three times before the all-star break, once after because of reduced minutes

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Lowry

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    Bad contract

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Buycks

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    N/A

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    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Landry Fields.

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    DeRozan

    3.) What will the season record be?

    27-55 (16-21 start followed by 11-34 finish)

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    Negative

    5.) What seed will they be?

    Irrelevant

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    The Caribbean

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    No one in ASG. JV will play rook-soph game. Novak 3pt. Ross defend dunk title.

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    JV

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    DeRozan will continue to be who he has been last 3 years mediocre shooter, dribbler, creator, defender, long two addict.

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    No

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    His usual

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Amir

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    Ben Gordon

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Acy

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    Nick Nurse
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    1.) Who will be the most improved Raptor? i.e played here last season

    Landry Fields.

    2.) Pick one guy to be moved at the trade deadline.

    DeRozan

    3.) What will the season record be?

    27-55 (16-21 start followed by 11-34 finish)

    4.) Will they make the playoffs?

    Negative

    5.) What seed will they be?

    Irrelevant

    6.) How far will they go in the playoffs?

    The Caribbean

    7.) Who will the Raptors send to the all star game?

    No one in ASG. JV will play rook-soph game. Novak 3pt. Ross defend dunk title.

    8.) Pick one rotation player that breaks out (guy 1 through 9 on the team)

    JV

    9.) Pick one rotation player who falls completely short of expectations

    DeRozan will continue to be who he has been last 3 years mediocre shooter, dribbler, creator, defender, long two addict.

    10.) Will Dwayne Casey be extended?

    No

    11.) How many times will Amir Johnson roll his ankle?

    His usual

    12.) Who will spend the most time on the bench in a suit due to injury?

    Amir

    BONUS ROUND

    1.) Surprise mid season pickup?

    Ben Gordon

    2.) Pick one deep bench guy that breaks out (guy 10 - 15)

    Acy

    3.) If Dwayne Casey is fired, who will replace him?

    Nick Nurse
    This was pessimistic as fuuck

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