As long as you weren't locked in a cave all summer, you have probably heard that Chris Bosh left the Raptors to make a superteam down in Miami alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
This left the Raptors with no star and getting very little compensation in return for Bosh.
Taking a look at the Raptors record at 13-31 shows that they aren't exactly have a successful season without Bosh, but believe me, Bosh leaving Toronto was a good thing in the end.
Here's why Chris Bosh leaving was a good thing in the end.
DeMar DeRozan has certainly stepped up in his sophomore season.
With Bosh's departure, it forces the younger players to step up, and this increases the speed of their development.
DeMar DeRozan has been roasting defenses lately, and Andrea Bargnani is putting up a career high in points.
DeRozan recently stepped up and said he's sick of losing and wants his team to step up, which is a great sign.
With Bosh gone, it has also opened up a role for Ed Davis, who has potential to be a top power forward in this league.
The Raps are a very young team, and without any leader forces players to become leaders, which is what Toronto needs at this point.
Jerryd Bayless was acquired this season to help rebuild the Raptors.
Every year, Bryan Colangelo tried to bring in new players to fix the team. It never worked.
Charlie Villanueva turned into T.J Ford, which turned into Jermaine O'Neal, which turned into Shawn Marion, which eventually turned into Hedo Turkoglu.
If you ask me, most of these players were duds. If Colangelo had kept O'Neal, the Raps would have had enough cap space to offer two max contracts in the summer of 2010.
Colangelo was always impatient because he knew how much the fans wanted to see a winner, but now that Bosh left, it forced Colangelo to rebuild properly and start over.
He traded Hedo Turkoglu away, and this is a very young team, and regardless if they make the playoffs or not, they are still a rebuilding team.
Bosh did not step up when needed.
Don't get me wrong, Chris Bosh is a great player. He's a fantastic offensive player, a great rebounder, and premier power forward in the game.
However, he was not good enough to be a franchise player. When the Raptors had Bosh leading the way, they were just a mediocre team. Bosh proved that he couldn't take over down the stretch of games, and he just didn't have the stuff to make the Raptors a contender, regardless of who you put around him.
Now, the Raptors need to find a new franchise player. It could be DeMar DeRozan if he keeps improving, it could be Andrea Bargnani if he improves other areas of his game, or it could be through the draft.
It's always harder to build around a big man, but Bargnani and DeRozan compliment each other nicely, so there doesn't have to be a clear cut number one option yet.
Do you think Bosh was a good leader?
While on the court Chris Bosh may seemed to have put up good stats, according to Jay Triano, Bosh was not a good locker room leader.
You could even see it on the court. He wasn't vocal, he didn't get into teammates' faces, and he just didn't seem like the leader of the team the way LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, or even Dirk Nowitzki, is.
Can the Raptors build around Andrea Bargnani?
With Bosh gone, this marks a fresh start in Toronto, and it didn't seem like the Raptors were going anywhere with Bosh leading the way.
This time, Colangelo is starting over and will try and build this team as a contender to last.