Early Predictions for Toronto Raptors' Starting Lineup Next Season

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Early Predictions for Toronto Raptors' Starting Lineup Next Season
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With many of the upper-echelon teams in the Eastern Conference set to field new starting lineups for the 2014-15 regular season, the Toronto Raptors will buck the trend as they bring back their core five guys in their regular starter roles. 

This offseason wasn't devoid of drama and intrigue, as some of the biggest stars the NBA has to offer will be donning new colors in just a few short months. 

LeBron James ditched the warm weather and palm trees of South Beach to return home to Cleveland, Lance Stephenson signed on with the Charlotte Hornets and Pau Gasol left a sinking ship in Los Angeles to join Derrick Rose and company in the Windy City.

That doesn't even take into account some of the more under-the-radar deals that didn't get nearly the same amount of coverage, such as Rodney Stuckey to Indiana, Paul Pierce to Washington and Luol Deng to Miami

The landscape of the East has undergone a complete overhaul with so many faces changing places. What the Raptors have going for them is continuity and stability in a basketball world where a single move can make or break a team's chances.

Why ruin a good thing, right? The Raptors are coming off (arguably) their most successful season ever, winning 48 games (franchise record) and earning a second Atlantic Division title. They also came within one Kyle Lowry layup of knocking off the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.

Change is exciting but not always necessary. Fans have yearned for some sort of consistency in both the front office and with the on-court product for years. History has shown that players come and go in the proverbial revolving door that never stops moving.

With general manager Masai Ujiri guiding the ship, fans can breathe easy, as "The Messiah" acts as the steady influence behind the scenes that keeps talent locked in, happy and bleeding Raptor red.

The return of two third-year players, a veteran forward beloved by the city, a scoring machine coming off his first All-Star appearance and a newly signed $48 million point guard to the lineup is a consistency most welcome. 

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