The 2012-13 NBA season was nothing short of a disappointment for Toronto Raptors fans. Between missing out on the playoffs, the Andrea Bargnani conundrum and Kyle Lowry’s underwhelming season, this past year was a bust. Fortunately, the Raptors' fortunes appear to be changing for the better. Bryan Colangelo, now former general manager and the architect of the current Raptors squad, is out of the picture.
Enter Masai Ujiri, the reigning NBA Executive of the Year. Ujiri has already stated he has big plans for the Raptors, including trading Andrea Bargnani by July 1 and a possible name change for the franchise.
Could this be the start of a new era in Raptors basketball? For a franchise that has made the playoffs only five times in its 18 years of existence, surely getting the NBA Executive of the Year is a sign of good things to come.
Here are five reasons the Toronto Raptors will make a splash in the Eastern Conference next season.