Yes. Raptors WILL make playoffs next year.
-Can Richard Hamilton can healthy?
-Can Derrick Rose stay healthy?
-Can Joakim Noah pick up his play?
-Will they get enough out of their front court?
-Can they be able to help Derrick Rose come playoff time?
-Can Boozer pick up his former all-star form play?
-Will Lebron perform in the fourth quarter?
-Can Chris Bosh perform at a high lever come playoff time?
-Can Dwayne Wade and Lebron carry this team consistently?
-Will they crunch under the zone defense.
-Will they crunch under pressure?
-Can Miami's bench step up consistenly?
-Who do they go to in the final seconds?
-will Lebron keep passing off final shots?
-Is Chris Bosh the most important key on Miami?
Those are playoff teams you can say they are far from a well-oiled machine to be making conclusions about winning a championship.
-Is Deron Williams staying?
-Is Dwight Howard coming?
-Constant Trade rumors
-What happens with Brook Lopez
-Whos staying, who's going?
-Will Deron Williams be able to work with Dwight Howard?
-Lottery balls dropping where?
-Will Demarcus Cousins ever mature
-Is Tyreke Evans a point guard?
-How do we juggle minutes between Evans, Fredette, and Thomas?
-Are we going to be in Sacramento?
-Who do we get in the draft?
-Where are we going to drop in the draft lottery?
No team is perfect, they all have their separate problems. You can't just point out problems and say they aren't going to improve. Every team has imperfections and problems that come across, but every team goes through it, what makes a team is they get through the hump and fix their problems. There is never going to be a team without a problem/flaw.
Chicago and Miami will remain championship contenders even if those questions aren't answered.
We can't say the same about the Raptors, which is why it's difficult to conclude we'll be in the playoffs next year based on what we know today. If we heard New Jersey or Sacramento fans making these claims, we'd laugh in their faces.
"I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder
80% sure we will. If we wont BC might be gone i'm pretty sure next year is the last year on his contract. If we make the playoffs he'll be extended
Sacramento can make run for it, cause Demarcus Cousins is buying into Keith Smart's system, and Isaiah Thomas is looking intriguing, plus they'll have a draft pick coming in.
Nets are if Dwight Howard comes to the Nets, they'll be a playoff team, just because it's a huge upgrade at the centre. Plus, if everyone is healthy, without D12, they can be a playoff team. It's just injuries really affected them like they've affected us.
I don't necessarily think the raps are a strong candidate for playoffs, just wanted to generate some discussion. We've been doing the rebuilding thing for a while, I'm curious when people expect the raptors to be a playoff team.
Raptors never make a splash in the FA signing, anyone we sign is usually overpaid or bench players. This team might have to do some more lottery drafting before the core is formed.
i think that we could have been borderline playoffs this year with a healthy bargs. miami, chicago, atlanta, phili in. boston*, new york*, brooklyn*, orlando*, indi* i think we will be in this group unless bigv or our draft pick end up a superstar in the making.
really looking at it we seem to be getting better as the entire conference becomes more competitive but we are in next year.
Rebuilding takes a while, but I'm gonna run with BC and want to hit the ground running. Cause I remember Philly went through only 1 and a half or 2 seasons and look where they were last season, even this season. You never know, with talent coming in for sure this summer can translate into a faster rebuild than we expect and as fast as we want.
Expectations for next season shouldn't be discussed until the day the season starts, after player movement (trade deadline, offseason, draft, free agency, etc...) and training camp, to see where the dust settles, so to speak, for the Raptors and the rest of the Eastern Conference.
We might as well be discussing what housing will eventually look like on the moon, since there are so many variables and factors that will absolutely change between now and next season, which will undoubtedly impact our individual and collective expectations for the Raptors 2012-2013 season.
Raptors have been picking in the lottery for the last 3 years now. How long you spend at the bottom depends a lot on if you screw up your draft picks. Bargnani, DeRozan, Ed, and Jonas all seem like pretty solid picks.
It's easy to forget as a Raptor fan, but making the playoffs isn't actually the big hurdle. It's not really all that hard; more than half of all teams make the playoffs each year. The hard thing is making the conference finals.
The question about our lineup plus Valanciunas and draft pick yet to be named and free agent signing yet to be named is not: will that team be playoff calibre? It will absolutely be playoff calibre. Our team right NOW is almost playoff calibre when Bargnani is healthy. Just the improvement we would expect with Bargnani, Johnson, DeRozan, Ed., etc as they mature and develop their games should be enough to make us competitive for the playoffs. The big question is whether our guys plus the additions we can count on are good enough to make the eastern conference finals (not win: make). That is MUCH more doubtful, but it's not impossible: it depends on how good our top guys become.
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