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    We had one of these last season and we haven't done one yet, so, as of the morning of November 2nd:

    CBS Sports: #6 - http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/2...ockets-plummet

    This is just like last year in that the Raptors have come out of the gates red hot, only this time it's not a complete and utter fraud. They actually are this good, on both sides of the ball. The defense is better, their stars are better, the bench is better. I'm buying the Raps.

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    Raptors are still playing teams either figuring stuff out right now or just plain bad. Raptors beat the Cavs when they were trying out Will Cherry. After the ASG roster get settled and teams have a game plan going into the playoffs. Biggest question will be whether Raptors kill ball movement against tougher teams and closer games. That's when team identities come out.

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    Quote raptors999 wrote: View Post
    Raptors are still playing teams either figuring stuff out right now or just plain bad. Raptors beat the Cavs when they were trying out Will Cherry. After the ASG roster get settled and teams have a game plan going into the playoffs. Biggest question will be whether Raptors kill ball movement against tougher teams and closer games. That's when team identities come out.
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    NBA dot com has us at #8: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/powerra...ngs/index.html

    Jonas Valanciunas is getting to touch the ball a little more this year. Not only has DeMarre Carroll (16.3 points per game, 8-for-19 from 3-point range) fit in well with the Raptors, but Terrence Ross (12.3, 6-for-13) looks comfortable in his new role off the bench. The Raps are 3-0 against third-tier teams in the East, but play 10 of their next 12 games on the road and 13 of their next 20 against the West.

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    Good lord. Does even the most optimistic fan here think they're a top 6 in the league team this year?
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    Quote octothorp wrote: View Post
    Good lord. Does even the most optimistic fan here think they're a top 6 in the league team this year?
    do you get that power rankings are mostly for funsies

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    Quote octothorp wrote: View Post
    Good lord. Does even the most optimistic fan here think they're a top 6 in the league team this year?
    Power rankings are in the moment rankings. Meaning they take into account momentum and hype. Doesn't mean they think the're going to end up 6th at the end of the year, but that we are playing like the 6th best team RIGHT NOW

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    Quote magoon wrote: View Post
    We had one of these last season and we haven't done one yet, so, as of the morning of November 2nd:

    CBS Sports: #6 - http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/2...ockets-plummet
    Isn't Matt Moore the guy that gets under the skin of Raptor fans - now giving us some early props.

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    Quote magoon wrote: View Post
    do you get that power rankings are mostly for funsies
    No. Power rankings are serious business!

    Yeah, you're right though. I don't know why but I hate seeing the Raptors overrated, especially when they're actually pretty darn good. I guess I'd rather see us go under the radar for a while.
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    Nicks are 2-1, and rated 12th by both CBS and at NBA.com. Noooooooooooo!

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    ESPN has us #8: http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/week/1

    Cautious optimism is what they're preaching north of the border, where the locals haven't forgotten how last season's Raptors bolted to a 15-4 start, which meant absolutely zilch come playoff time. Yet there's no denying that going into Boston on Friday night and beating their only real rival for the Atlantic Division felt rather satisfying.

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    SI.com - #9: http://www.si.com/nba/2015/11/02/nba...ckets-clippers

    Toronto started out hot last year and appears to be sprinting down the same path this season with three wins and the effective integration of several new players. However, their biggest off-season move may have been extending center Jonas Valanciunas, who could be a double-double guy this season and is still just 23.

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    After 4 good games:

    DD: 83pts, 25-58, 43%FG, 1.43 Pts/FGA
    Lowry: 79pts, 25-53, 47%FG, 1.49 Pts/FGA
    JV: 62pts, 23-39, 59%FG, 1.59 Pts/FGA

    This is impressive. If this pattern remains steady over the course of the season and our defence keeps clicking, this team will be high in the power rankings til playoffs start. Carroll, CJ, Ross, Scola, Pat and BB have provided great support as well.

    This is probably the best Raps team ever. To early to assign that label, but if we continue to play strong D, and move the ball on offence then it will be hard to argue against.

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    Quote JawsGT wrote: View Post
    After 4 good games:

    DD: 83pts, 25-58, 43%FG, 1.43 Pts/FGA
    Lowry: 79pts, 25-53, 47%FG, 1.49 Pts/FGA
    JV: 62pts, 23-39, 59%FG, 1.59 Pts/FGA

    This is impressive. If this pattern remains steady over the course of the season and our defence keeps clicking, this team will be high in the power rankings til playoffs start. Carroll, CJ, Ross, Scola, Pat and BB have provided great support as well.

    This is probably the best Raps team ever. To early to assign that label, but if we continue to play strong D, and move the ball on offence then it will be hard to argue against.
    No, last years team was the best!1!!Remember the franchise record in wins!!!1!!!1!

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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    No, last years team was the best!1!!Remember the franchise record in wins!!!1!!!1!
    We got D and efficiency from our big 3. I'm much more optimistic about this roster given what I've seen so far. Last year was a head scratcher from the start.

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    Quote JawsGT wrote: View Post
    We got D and efficiency from our big 3. I'm much more optimistic about this roster given what I've seen so far. Last year was a head scratcher from the start.
    Bench scoring is an issue that will need to be resolved during this season, but it's a better problem than last year's team where the bench was comparatively better than the starters (outplayed opponents by a wider margin). When the playoffs come around, it's the starting unit that needs to be at a high level. Role players need to make the occasional big play and be competent enough to give your starters a breather, but that's about it.
    "Control DeRozan's catch-shoot game. He rarely passes. Defend the ball. Much of what they do reverses to 1 on 1 play." -- Visitor Locker Room Whiteboard, Air Canada Centre, Feb. 26, 2015

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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    No, last years team was the best!1!!Remember the franchise record in wins!!!1!!!1!
    We're probably going to get more wins than that team.

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    Quote SkywalkerAC wrote: View Post
    We're probably going to get more wins than that team.
    I could say comfortably that this is probably one of the most well rounded teams we've ever had on the floor. Whether or not we see it translate in regular season wins, I would probably pick this team in a 7 game series against any of our previous 20.

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    If the playoffs started today, the Raps would play the Heat. That series is no gimme.

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    "Control DeRozan's catch-shoot game. He rarely passes. Defend the ball. Much of what they do reverses to 1 on 1 play." -- Visitor Locker Room Whiteboard, Air Canada Centre, Feb. 26, 2015

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    Quote S.R. wrote: View Post
    Bench scoring is an issue that will need to be resolved during this season, but it's a better problem than last year's team where the bench was comparatively better than the starters (outplayed opponents by a wider margin). When the playoffs come around, it's the starting unit that needs to be at a high level. Role players need to make the occasional big play and be competent enough to give your starters a breather, but that's about it.
    I agree, it's nice to see the starter's being more competitive than the bench. Too many of our wins these past two seasons could be attributed to the bench's dominance over other bench's. The team needed the bench to outplay other bench's in order to win and so far that doesn't look to be the case this season. Our starting unit looks pretty good, but we still have good players on the pine. Our bench may not be able to score like it did the past two seasons, but it also shouldn't need to because they are much better defensively and our starting unit is better too.

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