The Toronto Raptors opted to stand pat this year. But why would the Raps, a outfit, go fixing things which weren’t broken?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of $48 million and four decades, which promised the team’s leader and pace-setter will return. Once the ink was dry on this agreement, the Raps knew they could sit and bank by the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas , the latter having made his first All-Star Game last February.
Stable though the Raptors are, there is still some intrigue on the roster. Virtual unidentified Bruno Caboclo has been the surprise pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how great that the 19-year-old Brazilian might become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he is another potential-packed potential. Although he’s not near to being a major contributor on the floor, Nogueira is tackling the adjustment to his team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of this National Post:”Regardless, you have the feeling that if Nogueira was in the center of Siberia without a drop of Russian from his repertoire, he’d still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of keeping up a status quo that is successful whilst injecting enough exciting potential to get some upside down.
And no, I can not explain their chances are low as the Knicks’.