Oh Happy Day!Toronto Raptors – There’s something fresh about this team now that Andrea Bargnani is gone, and every basketball fan in Canada is excited about the potential coming-out party we could bear witness to this year for Jonas Valanciunas. Of course, a lot depends on how Dwane Casey deals with Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan, the team’s duet of ball-stopping wings, but optimism is high for the Raps, particularly with Kyle Lowry healthy.
They’ve got a decent bench, a formidable starting five and more than enough all-around talent to win their fair share of games this year. Hitting .500 is plenty reasonable for Toronto, but it will take a few more wins than that to crack the Eastern Conference’s playoff scene. If Toronto can be five to eight wins better than expected, they’ll be right in the thick of it come season’s end.
ESPN looking for a 7th seed at 37 wins.
HoopsWorld saying need better than .500 to crack the playoffs.
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