What's In Store for the Toronto Raptors in 2008-09?

Jacob PearlContributor IAugust 2, 2008

The Toronto Raptors will have a different-looking squad come opening night this year.

However, there are some definite question marks surrounding their new acquisition, Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal has suffered the injury bug for the last few seasons, but when he is healthy he has proven to be one of the NBA's elite big men.

Another area of concern is whether or not third-year F Andrea Bargnani is going to come out of his shell and emerge into the player everyone expects him to be. This seems to be very unlikely, given that the acquisition of O'Neal means reduced playing time for Il Mago.

The question concerning Jose Calderon, while not a big one, regards the belief that he may not be able to run this offense full-time. This can be regarded as an illegitimate concern, as he arguably could have been put among the league's top ten point guards last year, given his play when T.J. Ford was out.

The Raptors are a very iffy team this year, and I still do not believe they are ready to contend for the NBA title.