If the Raptors make the playoffs the team/players will get some serious love from the US media. Since the rest of the world only know about bosh's 20-10 and not all his flaws, it would be a complete shock (to actually finnish better than last year). Guys like Bargs, Jose, Barbosa (veteren guys) would gain a lot of respect in the league.
For example, because of the Bucks surprise last year, Bogut and Jennings got a lot of love. He got injured, but if Bogut had any kind of half decent start this year, he would get the nod over Horford/Noah for all-star Centre, even though their stats would probably be pretty similar.
I think thats the kind of impact making the playoffs would do to Barg's preception throughout the league. All of a sudden 20/7 will be given preference over maybe more well-rounded players like horford 18/10. Whether or not it "should' hey thats a different story, but I think it would happen.