Whether you're hardcore, casual or simply a first-time fan, there are certain things you need be clear about concerning the Toronto Raptors heading into the 2013-14 regular season.
New faces, both in the front office and on the roster, have created a sense of optimism around this franchise. The winds of change have swept through the core of this team.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Even though the makeup of the Raptors is far different from what it's been in recent memory, the end game is still the same: NBA playoffs or bust.
Five years is a long enough time to be away from postseason basketball. You have to be in it to win it.
Brace yourselves. As always, the Raptors will find new and exciting ways to keep their fans tense and on edge throughout the year.
Perhaps looking over the following will help put their minds at ease. At the very least, it can provide some insight on what they should be expecting over the next seven months.
*All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com and Basketball-Reference.com