The Toronto Raptors opted to stand pat this year. But really, why could the Raps, a outfit, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of four decades and $48 million, which promised pace-setter and the group’s leader would return. When the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps knew they could sit and bank on growth from the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas having made his first All-Star Game February.
Stable although the Raptors are, there’s still some young intrigue on the roster. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo has been the surprise choice of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how good 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. And though he is not close to being a major contributor to the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of this National Post:”Regardless, you get the sense that if Nogueira was at the heart of Siberia without a drop of Russian in his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a wonderful job of keeping up a status quo that is prosperous while injecting just possibility.
And no, I can’t explain why their chances are low as the Knicks’.