After a multitude of moves this offseason, the Raptors have set themselves up nicely to rebound after a dismal, lottery-bound past four seasons. The acquisition of quality all around point guard Kyle Lowry to go along with a top-10 pick in Terrence Ross and a healthy Andrea Bargnani has Toronto planning a return to the postseason.
While a solid one-two punch resides in Toronto at nearly every position, possibly the biggest key to next season will be the emergence of potential rookie center Jonas Valanciunas. The 20-year old, nearly 7-feet-tall Valanciunas’ development will be a huge factor as to whether or not the Raptors four-year playoff drought will come to an end next season.
Potential Breakout Stars:
Jonas Valanciunas – The number five pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Valanciunas has spent the last few seasons overseas but will likely enter the NBA this upcoming season to his fair share of hype. Even though he played in limited action throughout the 2012 Olympics, Valanciunas is viewed as a prime player in Toronto’s rebuilding project next season.
DeMar DeRozen – Through his first two seasons in the NBA, DeRozen has been a proven scorer but offensive efficiency has been an issue. At just 24-years old at the start of next season, DeRozen is fully capable of building upon his 16.7 point per game average of 2012 while bumping up that 42.2 percent shooting percentage to closer to his career average of 45.7 percent.