Toronto Raptors: 50-1

The Toronto Raptors chosen to stand out this season. But why could the Raps, a 48-win outfit, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a market-rate contract of $48 million and four years, which assured the leader and pace-setter of the team would reunite. When the ink was dry on this agreement, the Raps knew they could sit and bank from the likes of Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan, the latter having made his first All-Star Game last February.
There’s still some young intrigue about the roster, though the Raptors are. Virtual unidentified Bruno Caboclo has been the surprise pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how good the 19-year-old Brazilian might become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he is another potential-packed potential. Although he’s not near to being a significant contributor to the floor, Nogueira is tackling the adjustment to his team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you get the sense that even if Nogueira was at the heart of Siberia with no drop of Russian in his repertoire, he’d still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of keeping up a status quo that is prosperous while injecting enough exciting possibility to get some upside down.
And no, I can’t explain their chances are low as the Knicks’.

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