The team currently has a record of 13-15 with one game remaining before 2013 draws to a close. That's good enough for the lead in the Atlantic Division and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Nothing makes sense anymore. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have fallen off the map while the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics were always expected to be participants in the draft lottery anyways.
Maybe the Raptors will win the division with a sub-.500 record because no one else is putting up much of a fight.
By no means do I intend to sweep under the rug the strong play the Raptors have had as of late, especially in a post-Rudy Gay world. Their ball movement has been magnificent, the effort and energy have improved and the overall morale is up.
Toronto's 7-3 record over its last 10 games will make anyone smile, even if you're a supporter of the "Tank Nation" philosophy of throwing away the remainder of the season for a slim shot at Canadian NBA prospect Andrew Wiggins.
Who deserves most of the credit for this unexpected turnaround, and who is failing to keep up with the rest of their teammates?
Contributions on both offense and defense, improvement/regression and statistics all played a part in the following grades.
Class is now in session.
*All statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and are current as of Dec. 30.