Toronto Raptors 2017-18 Season Preview

TORONTO RAPTORS

Last Season: (51-31)

The Toronto Raptors didn’t make any flashy moves offseason and instead opted to re-sign Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to new extensions. They did trade away Cory Joseph to get much needed three shooting on the wing in acquiring C.J. Miles from the Pacers. The Raptors did lose some defensively in letting P.J Tucker and Patrick Patterson sign elsewhere. DeMarre Carroll fresh off a good year in Atlanta didn’t quite work out for Toronto and was seen by some as a difference maker when challenging the Cavs. He was dealt to the Nets along with a first and second-round draft pick of the Raptors in exchange for C Justin Hamilton who is expected to be waived. While some may think they should have gone out and tried for other free agents, they feel that they have enough to make another run. It will be a tough sell seeing how both the Celtics and Cavaliers have made improvements in order to challenge themselves and/or Golden State depending on which makes the finals. That’s not to say the Raptors aren’t in contention for the eastern crown but this roster struggled mightily against LeBron in the playoffs and that would appear to be the case again this season should they meet. DeMar DeRozan is one of the games best mid-range shooters and is a headache for most teams and be close to unstoppable once he masters the three-point shot. Kyle Lowry signing his new extension has to prove that he can be dependable in the postseason. His struggles are well chronicled and can be attributed to the reason why Toronto hasn’t taken that next step. The supporting cast is also known to disappear as well and that won’t cut it down the line. The Raptors will be fine in the regular season winning close to 50 games again mostly beating up on the East. However, they are more than likely to bow out to the Cavaliers or Celtics come postseason time by standing pat.

Key Acquisitions – C.J. Miles

2017-18 Season Prediction (52-30)