After six weeks of the 2013-14 NBA regular season, the Toronto Raptors have a record of 6-11, which puts them on the brink of being a lottery team but also makes them a legitimate (seriously) contender for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
I can't believe it either. At this rate, 35 wins could probably secure home-court advantage through the first round of the postseason. That's how much of a disaster the Atlantic Division and the conference as a whole has become.
At least the Raptors aren't 4-19 like they were to begin last season. How's that for being overly positive?
There have been some bright spots sprinkled here and there. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have done their best to steer this team in the right direction, while others (I'm looking at you, Rudy Gay) have been more of a detriment than an asset.
As good as it was to be in first place in the division (that's now changed) early on, being in that position was like having the looks of Steve Buscemi and defeating Carrot Top and Clint Howard in a beauty pageant.
It meant absolutely nothing and brought zero sense of accomplishment.
Rating all 15 players on the Raptors through 17 games will involve a great deal of patience, some deep meditation, happy music playing in the background and a surgically attached smile.
The sad part is that I'm not over-exaggerating. It's dire times like these where I'm glad I shave my head on a regular basis because I probably would have pulled out all of my hair by now.
Where's my red marker?
This isn't going to be pretty.
*All statistics are courtesy of NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com
*All statistics are current as of December 5, 2013