The up-and-down roller coaster that is the Toronto Raptors' 2013-14 season is just about ready to level out as NBA All-Star Weekend soon approaches.
Over the last few months, we've seen a 51-point game, dramatic comebacks, vicious posterizations (just ask Kenneth Faried) and big wins over quality teams. All-Star weekend will give fans a chance to catch their breath and regroup as the team makes its final push toward its first postseason appearance since 2007-08.
The festivities in New Orleans won't be devoid of Raptors talent. Jonas Valanciunas will suit up for Team Hill in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Terrence Ross will defend his Sprite Slam Dunk title, and DeMar DeRozan will be a part of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, as well as the NBA All-Star Game.
To say that the Raptors' success has been mind-boggling may be the understatement of the century. Only the truly devoted (and possibly naive) could have seen this coming.
The idea of tanking games for a shot at Canadian prospect Andrew Wiggins has come and gone. The blueprint for another trip to the lottery has been torn in half by the collective effort of a group of guys who are sick and tired of losing.
It's once again time to hand out some grades and evaluate each key player on the roster.
I don't foresee myself using my trusty red pen much for this one, folks.
Note: All statistics/salary information is current as of Feb. 10 and courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.