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Thread: The Present Stench and The Future Hope

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    Default The Present Stench and The Future Hope

    The team is on pace to finish with 22 wins. In '95-'96, their first season in the league, they finished with 21. This season would come in as the 3rd worst season in Raptors history. That's worse than the year Mighty Mouse left. That's worse than Grunwald's last season in Toronto, that's far worse than any season Babcock ran things into the ground. Past trends dealing with the team show it takes four full seasons for the team to be built up to a playoff team after the initial miss. That's not to say four seasons of progressive rebuilding but just four seasons of something ... That resembles a rebuild at varying levels of success. The Raptors have been out for three now seasons now and so if the trend continues then next season they would have to squeak in with the 8th seed. It certainly is a possibility if they draft a good player, have a solid free agency and are healthy next season. The Raptors now are entering a situation similar to the one Colangelo initially took over. He will have flexibility. This will be his "mulligan". Here's to hoping he doesn't splash wide right into the hazard again. His first time around given flexibility he won executive of the year and a division title. I don't expect that next season but I do expect to see a promising product besides on paper.

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    Interesting thread

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    Young players improve a lot more dramatically than do veterans. Derozan, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson's improvement (perhaps James Johnson as well if he is around) alone should account for atleast a few more wins next season.

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    James Johnson will be here. He's played well, his salary is small and they spent a first rounder to get him.

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    I have followed this team since they came into the league and, although this season may boast the third worst win/loss record, I don't think I have ever been as legitimately excited about the future of this franchise.

    It's true that the Raptors may not have a franchise player like they have at times in the past with the likes of Mighty Mouse, Vinsanity and CB4 (all could be debated whether or not they were actually worthy of being called franchise players), but I don't remember this team ever having a core group of young players with as much skill and potential as we have right now (and will add to with the draft & offseason). It may take another season or two to get back to the playoffs, but the legit potential that players like Ed Davis, Demar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Jeryd Bayless and Andrea Bargnani have, gives us suffering fans reason to have a positive outlook (whether they stay with this team or get used as a viable trade chip, their talent and potential is undeniable).

    When you add to that core group of young players the fact that we should get a top-5 draft pick this season and are in a sound financial spot heading into a potentially completely new financial makeup of the league, I honestly believe the Raptors franchise is in a better position than many other NBA teams.

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    An expansion of these ideas belong on the main page as a column.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    The team is on pace to finish with 22 wins. In '95-'96, their first season in the league, they finished with 21. This season would come in as the 3rd worst season in Raptors history. That's worse than the year Mighty Mouse left. That's worse than Grunwald's last season in Toronto, that's far worse than any season Babcock ran things into the ground. Past trends dealing with the team show it takes four full seasons for the team to be built up to a playoff team after the initial miss. That's not to say four seasons of progressive rebuilding but just four seasons of something ... That resembles a rebuild at varying levels of success. The Raptors have been out for three now seasons now and so if the trend continues then next season they would have to squeak in with the 8th seed. It certainly is a possibility if they draft a good player, have a solid free agency and are healthy next season. The Raptors now are