Thursday, May 15, 2014

Toronto Off-season Review

So what happens next for the Toronto Raptors?  Well first things first, saving the most important element of the team, resigning Kyle Lowry.  Although Lowry wasn't the biggest stat-stuffer on the Raptors squad, he was the battery that kept it running.  Lowry was a hustle machine, a three point threat, a top 10 facilitator, and a talented defender this season and was a large part of many of the Raptor's wins.  Lowry's 17.9 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game made him an important part of this Toronto team and helped them secure a spot in the playoffs.  Losing Lowry means losing a stepping stone towards a strong Toronto future.

Another  key part of the Toronto off-season will be bringing back staff and coaches to surround Casey, although Nick Nurse's name has come up in various head couching vacancies.

Next up, the NBA draft, during which the Raptors will have 3 picks, the 20th pick in the 1st round, and the 37th and 59th picks of the second round.  Toronto will most likely look to trade the two later picks for a more promising future option.  With a nearly full roster and Tomislav Zubcic still overseas Toronto has no real need for late draft picks this off-season.  With the first round pick Toronto will hopefully be able to back up JV under the hoop and draft a true center.

This is the first season in years the Toronto Raptors organization has not had to have a complete overhaul to it's roster and training staff in quite a few years.  Hopefully this season can carry into next and give Toronto another playoff shot, and hopefully we can pull it together and make a run in the next few seasons.  And
with the Roster staying quite stable, this very well may be the case.

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