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    Default Can Raptors compete for #1 seed in east this upcoming season?

    IF LBJ goes to west can we compete for top seed in east this upcoming season? I think maybe.....I think we are logically favourites to win our division---Philly and Boston rebuilding, NYK even with Carmelo have AB and JC as integral parts so unlikely to challenge and Brooklyn will likely only have Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brooke Lopez coming back with the last two coming off surgery. Indiana likely to fall off, Chicago will be tough. Detroit will be improved but not a threat. Cleveland could have significant improvements and Miami could be a shell of its former self if LBJ leaves.

    Certainly the west is far superior BUT we could be at the best position in the history of our franchise.

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    Even if LBJ goes to west, I would be very happy and satisfied with Raptors' performance, if they win the first round

    I am very worried about Detorit, I think they will for sure make playoffs this year

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    Even with LBJ staying in Miami locks them for #1 they are seriously scrambling for warm bodies to fill the roster.Toronto finished third anbd Miami and Indy look beaten up.

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    The answer is YES. Remember how shitty our season started. Last years' team can hit above 60% wins, this years team can probably eclipse that pace. Look to get anywhere from 50-60 wins.
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    The top 5 free agents available right now are undecided on their future.

    untill they fall in places, it is way too early to declare our position at the top.

    P.S dont discount Atlanta. They may not look like a consensus top team, but some of the things they are working on last season and potential marquee FA signing this off season could eventually put them in the conversation with the top 3 teams. And then it'll all depends on the injury and chemistry of teams throughout the season thats going to determine the standings.

    But we do have a shot at it if EVERYTHING goes right for us.

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    Either way, the conference is up for grabs.

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    The important thing is to win our division.
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    Too soon to tell. We need to see what east looks like in about a week or so.

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    This is how I see the EC standings based on news reported about various teams.

    This conference is definitely open for the Raptors to take.

    1) Chicago (Derrick Rose healthy, Nikola Mirotic coming over, McBuckets, and Anthony possibly joining them? Oh, and they have Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah as well).
    2) Indiana (If Frank Vogel isn't fired, and Indiana sort out their issues, then they may very well be back as a top tier team).
    3) Toronto (If the Raptors build on what they have last year, then without question they are top 3 in the East. They could be fighting for the first seed as well, depending on the circumstances of the other teams)
    4) Charlotte (I wouldn't be surprised if this team makes a major jump in the standings this season.)
    5) Washington (Dynamic back court, Gortat, Nene are still there. Ariza will likely leave, and their bench needs upgrading).
    6) Miami (Biggest wild card in my opinion. If they retain their stars and upgrade their roster, they would be in the top 3. At this point I don't feel like that will be happening though.)
    7) Brooklyn (Brook Lopez should be healthy, but they might lose Paul Pierce, and KG is a dead weight at this point).
    8) Cleveland (Might be higher, might be lower. I hope that the Cleveland Canadians achieve some success this season)


    New York, even with Carmelo Anthony back, will be fighting for a lower-tier seed in my opinion. Their roster is in need of serious re structuring, and they are stacked heavily at the 1 and 2 positions. If they can move around some assets for quality bigs, and retain Anthony, they can still be in the top 8. That, like everything else, remains to be seen.
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    Default Can Raptors compete for #1 seed in east this upcoming season?

    Quote YoungGunRaptor wrote: View Post


    New York, even with Carmelo Anthony back, will be fighting for a lower-tier seed in my opinion. Their roster is in need of serious re structuring, and they are stacked heavily at the 1 and 2 positions. If they can move around some assets for quality bigs, and retain Anthony, they can still be in the top 8. That, like everything else, remains to be seen.
    People are already forgetting that pretty much the same NY team had 50+ wins the previous season.

    I think we're gonna be the ones fighting for a lower tiered seed. Pretty much all media out there said we overachieved last season, and we definitely got worse as the season started winding down while the other east teams got better, including the paltry Knicks.
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    Quote iblastoff wrote: View Post
    People are already forgetting that pretty much the same NY team had 50+ wins the previous season.

    I think we're gonna be the ones fighting for a lower tiered seed. Pretty much all media out there said we overachieved last season, and we definitely got worse as the season started winding down while the other east teams got better, including the paltry Knicks.
    Wow. Pretty negative.

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    Quote psrs1 wrote: View Post
    Wow. Pretty negative.
    whats so negative about that? we DID play worse at the end. knicks DID get better and were on fire for a while.

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    The East is wide open.
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    Apparently Melo will be staying in NY, which is good considering he won't end up going to the Bulls. But Phil looks like he has a plan, that's why Melo feels 'comfortable' resigning. So look for them to be aggressive in 2015 free agency, but for this year we should be able to get that #1 seed.

    And I heard LeBron and Cleveland have interest, if that's true, well Houston you got a problem. And so do we.

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    we will definitely be competing for the atlantic title again but #1 seed in the conference and true contender is still a year or two away

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    Quote RepTdot wrote: View Post
    we will definitely be competing for the atlantic title again but #1 seed in the conference and true contender is still a year or two away
    Seriously? We definitely aren't a year or two away from contending. People need to start tempering their expectations a bit or prepare to be really disappointed.

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    Quote iblastoff wrote: View Post
    Seriously? We definitely aren't a year or two away from contending. People need to start tempering their expectations a bit or prepare to be really disappointed.
    When I see your posts lately I am so amazed. You are not the same guy who was posting all year. You used to get at me anytime I said anything negative about our team. Now you're so much more negative because of our first round exit (that I said would happen btw Lol) and you got at me so hard for even thinking we would lose. I like this new blastoff though, much more of a realist.

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    Quote GLF wrote: View Post
    When I see your posts lately I am so amazed. You are not the same guy who was posting all year. You used to get at me anytime I said anything negative about our team. Now you're so much more negative because of our first round exit (that I said would happen btw Lol) and you got at me so hard for even thinking we would lose. I like this new blastoff though, much more of a realist.
    We aren't contending. A conference run seems attainable. No team is considered contender without being a conference leader. With Casey we aren't contenders but if we lead or finish #2 in the conference, suddenly playoff coaches become available.

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    When I see your posts lately I am so amazed. You are not the same guy who was posting all year. You used to get at me anytime I said anything negative about our team. Now you're so much more negative because of our first round exit (that I said would happen btw Lol) and you got at me so hard for even thinking we would lose. I like this new blastoff though, much more of a realist.
    We could have beat brooklyn to make a second round exit. It almost happened and were fully capable of doing so. Your issue is just pure insecurity about everything. According to you, kyle lowry was a for sure goner. Same with ppat etc etc. But hey I'm sure you're "glad" you're wrong about these things!

    But true contention when our best players are kyle and demar is just not going to happen. That's not casting doubt and insecurity. We can still be a good team without contending, which is who we're gonna be until a real roster shakeup happens.

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    Quote iblastoff wrote: View Post
    We could have beat brooklyn to make a second round exit. It almost happened and were fully capable of doing so. Your issue is just pure insecurity about everything. According to you, kyle lowry was a for sure goner. Same with ppat etc etc. But hey I'm sure you're "glad" you're wrong about these things!

    But true contention when our best players are kyle and demar is just not going to happen. That's not casting doubt and insecurity. We can still be a good team without contending, which is who we're gonna be until a real roster shakeup happens.
    No I agree with you for sure. We definitely aren't contending and won't get the number 1 or 2 spot in the East but I don't think we're going to be fighting for a lower tiered seed. I think that's a little negative. We're better than that in my eyes. Not saying it won't happen but I think we definitely win our division and that at least gives us the fourth seed. Unless Brooklyn or New York make some big time splash in a trade or free agency.

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