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3 Bold Predictions for the Toronto Raptors in 2011-12
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Andrea Bargnani.

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2011-12 NBA season with a new head coach who brings a much-needed defensive mindset to the team. After giving up an average of 105.4 points per game last season, Jay Triano was reassigned at the end of the 2010-11 NBA season.

Head coach Dwane Casey, who was with the Dallas Mavericks as part of Rick Carlisle’s staff for the past few years, is looking to make changes north of the border. This is a great move for the Raptors organization as GM Bryan Colangelo continues to search for ways to make the team a legit contender.

The Raptors will look to build their team around a group of young players led by DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson. The Raptors will also add Jonas Valanciunas to the mix next season. Bryan Colangelo hopes that the addition of Casey will allow the Raptors to be a better overall team (on both sides of the basketball) in the future.

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