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Toronto Raptors: Projecting the Starting Lineup for Next Season

Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IIOctober 29, 2016

Toronto Raptors: Projecting the Starting Lineup for Next Season

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    This offseason can easily be called the biggest one in the history of the Toronto Raptors. Major and minor moves have headlined the offseason, including names such as Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross.

    The starting lineup will be much different this season compared to last, with only two spots containing last year's starters.


PG: Kyle Lowry

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    This one was a no-brainer.

    Lowry was acquired for Gary Forbes and a first-round pick, and with his addition to the team, Calderon has requested a trade to a team where he will probably want a starting job.

    Lowry will easily be the future point guard for the Raptors unless the team is able to land Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo somehow.

    Pretty obvious choice on this one.

SG: Demar DeRozan

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    This one was another no-brainer.

    DeRozan has been the starting shooting guard for the past three years, so what is going to stop him now? There is a chance that Terrence Ross can start at the 2, with DeRozan sliding over to the 3, but DeRozan will be starting the season.

    He did not necessarily improve on his sophomore year's success last season, but his jumper has improved. DeRozan has added new moves to his offensive playbook and has become a better defender as the years have gone by.

SF: Landry Fields

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    With New York declining to match the offer sheet for Fields, he is officially a Toronto Raptor.

    Fields is a good defender, and if he can duplicate his rookie season's success, as well as improve his game a little more, his contract would be worth it. Kind of.

    There is a possibility that by the end of the season Terrence Ross could be slotted in this position, but for now, Fields will be starting.

PF: Andrea Bargnani

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    This one was another no-brainer.

    Bargnani has been starting on this team for a while now, and in the past two seasons, he has solidified himself as one of the best scorers in the NBA. He stretches the floor and can score from anywhere on the court.

    His defense has improved, but is still not good compared to other power forwards, and his rebounding has been atrocious for a seven-footer. Head coach Dwayne Casey has said that he still expects Bargnani to rebound the ball, and many Raptor fans hope he can one day average at least seven.

    Ed Davis has been good as a starter as well, but unless something happens to Bargnani, Il Mago is going to be starting.

C: Amir Johnson/Jonas Valanciunas

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    This is a tough one. One one end, you have Amir Johnson, someone who has NBA experience and has been starting for the Raptors for the past two seasons.

    On the other hand, you have Jonas Valanciunas, the fifth-overall pick in 2011, who has a lot of potential. There is no guarantee that Valanciunas starts, as no one can tell right now.

    Raptor fans will just have to wait and see.

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