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Jose Calderon will try to guide the Raptors to the playoffs next year.
Toronto Raptors 2011-2012 Record: 23-43
Toronto will once again have a fairly high draft pick. If the Raptors were to actually score a player who has an immediate and positive impact, then they could be a real threat next season.
Toronto has some money to spend. It's also a very nice city. It has never been a major draw for free agents, but if the team can add one decent player to the mix of Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and a lottery pick, then it might be a team that competes in most games.
It wasn't that long ago that the mere addition of Chris Bosh had the Raptors making the playoffs. Bosh is not easy to replace, as evidenced by the Raptors' struggles since his departure, but he's not impossible to replace either.
Of course, the Raptors have a ways to go. They only won 23 games in this shortened season. It will probably take about 17 to 20 more wins over the course of a full season to make the playoffs, and that's over an additional 16 games.