Even with a 6-8 record, the Toronto Raptors still find themselves sitting pretty atop the Atlantic Division, thanks in large part to the contributions of certain key players in their rotation.
Anything is better than bearing witness to another 4-19 start, which is how the team began their 2011-12 campaign. Am I right?
Not all is perfect in the land of the prehistoric beast, though. While some players have almost single-handedly put this team on the right path, such as DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, others are halting their progress and preventing the Raptors from truly rising up the ranks in the dreadful Eastern Conference.
With teams like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks failing to put W's in the win column through the opening month of the season, now would be the perfect opportunity for Toronto to really separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
As the Rolling Stones once eloquently put it, "you can't always get what you want."
Enough basketball has been played to get a good enough sense as to where the most important players on this roster are after competing in a handful of games.
Who is the cream that's rising to the top and who is sinking faster than the Titanic?
Now that we are 14 games into the regular season, it's time to evaluate and grade the key players for Toronto Raptors thus far in 2013-14.
All statistics courtesy of NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com, and are accurate as of Nov. 28. Grades are based on statistics, improvement, percentages, impact and overall play.