The Toronto Raptors are 13-26 and according to Hollinger’s Playoff Odds, are on pace for a 30-52 finish.
Entering this season with the loss of Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu, I anticipated the Raptors would max-out at 35 wins. If they reach that number, the team has overachieved. A mere 25 wins wouldn’t surprise me either. Anyone who thought the Toronto could win 40 plus games was living in a fantasy world.
Bryan Colangelo has been focused on building a team around Chris Bosh since he arrived in Toronto. Now that Bosh is gone, Colangelo can build any type of team he wants and simply collect young assets.
Bringing in veterans and big name players has two major problems—these type of players generally come with a high price tag and, they won’t be useful to the team a few years from now when Toronto’s young core can develop into a playoff team.
The model Toronto should follow is Sam Presti and Oklahoma City Thunder. He traded away all of his veteran players and has since put together a solid core.
With that in mind here are ten players Toronto should keep an eye on, as they are young, talented and could develop into an important part of the Raptors’ organization.