NBA Podcast: Toronto Raptors Complete 2012-13 Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorSeptember 9, 2012

The Toronto Raptors appear to have a bright future. Are DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon part of it?
The Toronto Raptors appear to have a bright future. Are DeMar DeRozan and Jose Calderon part of it?Chris Chambers/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors are finally putting together a tough, NBA-ready roster. Yet, their Atlantic Division foes also improved as much as anyone. 

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Raptors.

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Kyle Lowry finally gets a shot at being a team's star, but just how good does he have to be if the Raptors are to contend? 

Where does veteran point guard Jose Calderon fit into the picture now that Lowry is aboard? Can they coexist? Can Calderon's expiring $10.5 million contract be moved? 

How much more time do Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan have to justify their "team cornerstone" roles?

Will Jonas Valanciunas live up to the hype and expectations? Can rookie Terrence Ross live up to his high-pick draft status? Can Landry Fields play up to his large new contract?

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