What We Learned About Toronto Raptors During Season's First Half

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What We Learned About Toronto Raptors During Season's First Half
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With a high seed in the Eastern Conference at stake and just the second Atlantic Division crown in franchise history hanging in the balance, the Toronto Raptors will look to expand on their (surprisingly) productive first half of the season and continue making a positive impression around the league.

This team was just 15-26 at this point in 2012-13 as they searched for redemption and some semblance of success after an awful 4-19 start.

Now this season has certainly had its ups and downs, but being a game above the .500 mark at 21-20 at the midway point of the schedule is certainly something to be proud of. 

There's a buzz in the city of Toronto surrounding the Raptors that hasn't been there for quite some time. It seems too good to be true, so you almost want to pinch yourself to be sure that you're not just imagining things.

It's caught a lot of people by surprise, that's for sure.

This was supposed to be another rebuilding year as the team searched for a new identity under the tutelage of reigning NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri. Turning the Raptors into a winning product was going to be a process and not something that happened overnight. 

Do you think anyone is complaining though?

From the aftermath of a blockbuster trade which shook the roster to its core to the emergence of not one, but two players with legitimate All-Star credentials, here's a look back at what we've learned about the Raptors after 41 games and what this all means for the months that lie ahead. 


*All statistics are current as of January 22, 2014 and courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com*

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