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    Default ESPN's Future Power Rankings: Raptors #26

    Can't post all of the rankings seeing how this is an ESPN Insider articles, but here's how Ford and Hollinger rate the Raptors heading into next season.

    We're down 9 spots this year compared to last when we were ranked #17.

    First off, this is how the ranking is determined:

    HOW FUTURE POWER RATING IS DETERMINED

    PLAYERS (0 to 400 points): Current players and their potential for the future, factoring in expected departures

    MANAGEMENT (0 to 200 points): Quality and stability of front office, ownership, coaching

    MONEY (0 to 200 points): Projected salary-cap situation; ability and willingness to exceed cap and pay luxury tax

    MARKET (0 to 100 points): Appeal to future acquisitions based on team quality, franchise reputation, city's desirability as a destination, market size, taxes, business and entertainment opportunities, arena quality, fans

    DRAFT (0 to 100 points): Future draft picks; draft positioning
    And a little of what they had to say about the Raptors;

    26. Toronto Raptors | Future Power Rating: 402

    PLAYERS - 94 (28th)
    MANAGEMENT - 81 (17th)
    MONEY - 110 (12th)
    MARKET - 47 (16th)
    DRAFT - 70 (9th)

    A bolting Bosh wasn't the only factor contributing to Toronto's slide. 2009 free-agent signing Hedo Turkoglu was a major disappointment and was jettisoned to Phoenix after only one season. Meanwhile, the Raptors continue to shop starting point guard Jose Calderon, whom at this point they would be happy to get rid of for salary-cap relief.

    Furthermore, the Raptors ate up all their potential cap space by overpaying role players -- in a moment of apparent panic after Bosh's departure, Colangelo inexplicably gave Amir Johnson $34 million. Although the other summer additions, Leandro Barbosa and Linas Kleiza, will contribute, they won't save this sinking ship.

    The only good news comes from a couple of young players who appear to have bright futures based on their talent and performances in the 2010 Las Vegas summer league. DeMar DeRozan had a breakout summer and has star ability if he puts it together. Toronto also lucked out when Ed Davis slipped to it at No. 13 in the draft, as he eventually could help fill Bosh's shoes.
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    Interesting that they are 16th in market. Kind of goes against players not wanting to come here to some degree.
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    This ranking is a big waste of time.

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    So we lose two players (1 I assume they thought wasn't staying this time last year), have a solid draft and drop 9 places? That sounds...sensible :/

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    I can't stand Hollinger and his hate on for the Raptors. The only ESPN analyst I like is coach thorpe.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    This ranking is a big waste of time.

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    ya at least were not last on desirability. we should slap hedo in the face with that stat sheet

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    This all sounds about right to me. I don't know what you guys are on.

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    I wouldn't call this Ranking outrageous at all, its either this young core will get it and at the best win 35 games or really not get it and at worse win 20 games.

    There is no way this team is going to sneak into the playoffs this season.

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