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2013-14 NBA Season Preview Power Rankings for Toronto Raptors

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2013-14 NBA Season Preview Power Rankings for Toronto Raptors
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From top to bottom, the Toronto Raptors have arguably their deepest roster since they last made the NBA playoffs six years ago. It's just a matter of all their pieces producing at the level they're capable of. 

The starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas all return to their respective roles for the upcoming season, which almost seems like a rarity looking back in the annals of franchise history. 

The additions of D.J. Augustin, Tyler Hansbrough and Steve Novak shored up the bench depth, while Terrence Ross looks for a bounce-back sophomore season after failing to create much of a buzz in 2012-13. 

Several media outlets that cover the NBA seem to be discounting the Raptors as a credible postseason threat. Instead, many question the current makeup of the team and whether or not key trades need to be made in an effort to blow things up and possibly head back to the lottery once again. 

There's no way of accurately forecasting how things are going to play out until the opening buzzer sounds and the regular season gets officially underway.

Until then, perhaps it's best to take a closer look at the roster in question and see how these players stack up against one another. Who is the best of the best, and who is set to find themselves with a permanent residence at the end of the bench?

 

Unless noted otherwise, all statistics and salary information is courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com, ESPN.com and HoopsHype.com

 

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