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Thread: ESPN Insider: Hollinger's Raptors Outlook (Revisited 2010/11 Season)

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    Default ESPN Insider: Hollinger's Raptors Outlook (Revisited 2010/11 Season)

    Here's John Hollinger's preview of the Raptors. Can't post the entire article for obvious reasons, but he goes on the say that our biggest strength is shooting and our biggest weakness is frontcourt defense. No surprises there.

    Outlook
    Toronto was the league's worst defensive team and no player on its roster finished in the top 75 in PER last season. Other than that, everything should be great.

    While the Raptors have several players who can score at a respectable clip, they're likely to struggle again on the defensive end. One hopes the effort will be less pathetic than it was a season ago, but with the same coaching staff and many of the same players, there isn't any compelling reason to suspect that will happen.

    Instead, I expect Toronto to be on the tail end of numerous 128-110 shellackings. The Raptors have some shooters but lack star talent on offense, so minus Bosh it will be difficult for them to rank above the league average at that end. Meanwhile, they'll again place 29th or 30th in defensive efficiency.

    Add it all up and it should be a long, bitter winter in Toronto. Raps fans straining for good news will note that Toronto has more rebuilding pieces in place than most teams in this situation, as the roster is fairly young, there's cap space in the future and the draft will begin pushing it forward in coming seasons.

    But for 2010-11? This is going to be ugly; in fact, Toronto may finish with the league's worst record. I'd be shocked if the Raptors so much as challenged for the playoffs, let alone qualified for them.

    Prediction: 22-60, 5th in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference
    Source - ESPN Insider - Raptors Preview

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    do you think the players or raptors coaching staff read articles about the team?

    i think they should, and share things like this with the organization to serve as extra motivation on the upcoming season.
    dont know about you guys but me personally, one of the worst feelings is knowing that people think you suck, so youd try to do everything in your power to change the mind of people.

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    surely the young guns have to be checking the espn site regularly, so hopefully they take this as motivation and do well this season.

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    We'll be pretty bad. 22 wins is a bit low though. There's a consolation prize though - a possible top-5 pick.

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    I think he's bang on as far as the win-loss prediction. I think it's going to be in the 20's somewhere... and looking at the East it's hard to find a team that is going to be worse (several candidates in the West though). I disagree on the Defensive/Offensive ratings - We improved on Defense simply by ditching a few of the poorer defenders who through their lack of effort had a cancerous effect on our team defense. I also think he's giving us too much offensive credit - too many players playing big roles for the first time to expect us to expect us to be above the average for offensive numbers.... but overall his predictions are solid.
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