Fri Jul 6th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Raptors Republic Rookie
Will the Raptors Make the Playoffs?
Written By: Gobi Naren
For the last couple seasons the Raptors have fell short of entering the post season. Bryan Colangelo and Dwane Casey are looking for change this upcoming season while entering the playoffs and making some noise. With how things are looking in Toronto, we could see the Raptors finally playing in the playoffs.
How will the Raptors make the playoffs?
1. Andrea Bargnani and Demar Derozan
If Bargnani stay healthy and gives us 25ppg with 7rpg, he will definitely bring our hopes up. All Derozan needs to do is expand his range, become a consistent 3point shooter, and attack the basket. If Derozan can do this and average 20ppg while ripping down 4rpg and dishing out 4apg, were looking at a team on the rise! Like the Thunder in the 2010 season.
2. Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy
The number 8th pick Ross, is consistent shooter with range and agility. He also brings some defensive skills which will be retooled by coach Casey. If Ross is our 6th man and ends up putting up numbers like James Harden we could be well on our way to a 7th seed playoff team. On the other side, there's 37th pick Quicy Acy. He's a better version of Reggie Evan, the former Raptor. Acy brings lots of defensive skills and a little range for a PF. If these two can become consistent players off the bench, we're going to have a well rounded bench who can match up with elite teams like the Lakers and Spurs.
3. Lowry, Fields, and Other Trades and Free Agent Signings
Bringing in Kyle Lowry was first time in a long in BC made a good trade. Lowry brings us stellar defensive skills with allstar calliber offensive skills. He can shoot the 3, hit clutch freethrows, and drive to the basket. Lowry also brings shut down defense which coach Casey favours. He should be averaging a near double-double; 18ppg and 8apg. Fields will be probably play the starting 3. He's an excellent rebounder with size and range. He will be able to spread the floor helping Lowry get a couple assists. Its only been a couple days into free agency and the Raptors are in numerous talks of signing key position players. The Raptors also seem to be shopping for starting 3. Bringing in a player like Gay, Iguodala, or even Ilyasova would be an immediate boost to the lineup.
2013/2014 Season Predictions/Projections
PF: Bargnani/Davis or Johnson/Acy
Record: 42 and 40
Standings: 7th or 8th seed
Raptors Most Improved Player: Derozan (20ppg/4rpg/4apg/85% FT/50% FG/35%3FG)
Dwane Casey wins Coach of the Year and BC gets an extension.
Last edited by RaptorsAnalyst; Fri Jul 6th, 2012 at 05:58 PM.
Fri Jul 6th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Way way way too early for this thread. Toronto's roster will be much different come training camp, than it does today. The same goes for most other teams in the Eastern Conference (ie: what happens to Howard?). No point having this conversation until the end of camp, right before the season tips off.
Fri Jul 6th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Raptors Republic Rookie
I will add though, that, this has been one of the more entertaining off seasons the raps ever had
Fri Jul 6th, 2012, 06:30 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
I agree that it's too early to post this thread, but I agree with everyone you said. Bargnani needs to stay healthy and hopefully continue his improvement on his defense and rebounding. There has been talk that Derozan has definite gotten stronger in the offseason and hopefully that will help translate to better defense, stronger offensively, and more rebounds. Hopefully Terrance Ross can prove his worth as the 8th pick in a stacked draft. I have trust in him that he can be a solid 8-9 PPG, 3-4 RPG, 2 APG, 0.5 SPG kinda guy off the bench. Quincy Acy doesn't have as much expectations next season, but I hope he can be a really poor-man's Blake Griffin and dunk the crap out of everyone. Raptors games need more energy off the bench and hopefully Acy can provide some dunking energy in the ACC. Most importantly, I'm most excited about Lowry. He adds major scoring from the PG position along with better defense and more rebounds while being rather good at dishing the ball. I'm hoping he has an amazing season of about 17-19 PPG, 5 RPG, 7 APG, and 1.5 SPG. I don't have too much expectations for Fields since he did play on a team where Melo had the ball all the time. But I do hope he can continue to develop more now that he has the chance to touch the ball more often as our starting SF (Assuming BC doesn't no anything else). And one key factors that you are missing is the performance of Big Val. I'm trying to keep my expectations low in case of disappointment, but I would hope that he can be a solid 8-9 PPG, 8-9 RPG, 1-2 APG, and 1.5-2 BPG kinda guy in his rookie season. I think the 6-8 spot is possible for us, but I would expect us to struggle a bit early on due to lack of experience playing together as a team since we do have like 3 new starters. Exciting season this fall
Fri Jul 6th, 2012, 06:34 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar