The Toronto Raptors are now in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the start of training camp. They have a lot of choices and things to get accomplished. Let’s take a look at some of the major decisions that lie ahead in training camp and the preseason for Dwane Casey and the organization, in addition some of the goals he has for his squad this season.
I was at Raptors Media Day and listened to Coach Casey talk on a number of these topics. Casey brought up an interesting stat, that the Toronto Raptors were the only team that finished in the Top 10 in defensive field goal percentage to miss the playoffs. The goal for this year is for the Raptors to make the postseason.
DeMar DeRozan thinks this is the most talent he has had to play with as he enters his fourth NBA season. Bryan Colangelo, meanwhile, sees this team as comparable to the first full year he had the job in Toronto in 2006-07. The major difference is that the division the Raptors play in has improved by leaps and bounds since that season.
Playoffs or not, the Raptors' road to improvement is still the same path for training camp and preseason.
Here are some things that need to happen to start the Raptors on that path to playoff contention.