We’ve talked a lot about expectations for the 2016-17 Toronto Raptors season of late. Unfortunately, until training camp begins with media day on Monday, there’s really not much else to do. So let’s do a bit more.
Looking at some online early season predictions, it remains pretty clear that the world is in agreement that the Raptors remain good, but hardly a contender.
Pegged for 49.5 wins (or 51, or other numbers in that neighborhood), which raises the question of whether the Raptors are better than the similarly projected Celtics, few give the Raptors much of a chance to upset for a title. Their win total can probably be lowered by a couple of wins now that they have to deal with Michael Beasley in the conference, too. And nobody is giving Kyle Lowry much love as far as repeating as an MVP candidate (or giving DeMar DeRozan or Norman Powell much love at all). At least Marc Stein knows what’s up, putting the Raptors at No. 5 in the first installment of the power rankings. And it goes on.
But there are plenty of predictions to make beyond win totals and title odds. Think anyone’s due for a breakout year? A disappointing one? Who’s going to grab the final roster spot, and will it matter? Will Bruno Caboclo be one year away at the end of the year? Does anyone join Lowry and DeRozan on the All-Star team? Do the schemes get tweaked? What of Lucas Nogueira. We want to hear anything your confident is going to go down this season so we can all be on the lookout for it in camp (and so we can all laugh at ourselves after the fact).
So let’s hear it – what are your predictions for the 2016-17 season? Anything at all.
As a reminder, here’s the camp roster:
PG: Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, (Delon Wright – injured), Fred VanVleet
SG: DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Drew Crawford, Brady Heslip
SF: DeMarre Carroll, Terrence Ross, Bruno Caboclo, E.J. Singler
PF: Jared Sullinger, Patrick Patterson, Pascal Siakam, Jarrod Uthoff (more of a 3/4, but we’ll slot him here)
C: Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira, Jakob Poeltl, Yanick Moreira