Toronto Raptors: 50-1

The Toronto Raptors opted to stand pat this year. But why would a 48-win outfit, the Raps, go fixing things that weren’t broken?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of $48 million and four years, which promised the leader and pace-setter of the team will reunite. When the ink was dry on that agreement, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on internal expansion last February from the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas , the latter having made his first All-Star Game.
There’s still some youthful intrigue about the roster, though the Raptors are. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo has been the surprise pick of Toronto, and nobody’s quite certain how great the Brazilian could become.
Lucas»Bebe» Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he’s another potential-packed potential. And though he is not near to being a major contributor on the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of the National Post:»Regardless, you get the sense that if Nogueira was in the center of Siberia with no fall of Russian from his repertoire, he’d still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.»
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of maintaining a status quo whilst injecting just enough exciting potential.
And no, I can’t explain why their chances are as low as the Knicks’.

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