Key Additions: Jonas Valanciunas (2011 Draft), Rudy Gay, Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin, and Tyler Hansborough
Key Departures: Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderone, and Linas Kleiza
The most valuable asset that Toronto has aquired lately looks like it might be last years General Manager of the year Masai Ujiri. Finally gone is Bryan Colangelo who through mismanagment and poor drafting has had this team near the luxury tax but never near contending.
Last season Calderone and Ed Davis helped to get the Raptors back on track after an abysmal start to the season. The player who looked to be the main cog to the team was Amir Johnson who provided both points and rebounds at a near double double clip in a mere 28 minutes per game. Grabbing Steve Novak looks to be a great aquisition for this team as it will give them a reliable outside threat as well as some much needed floor spacing. The issue of defense is what Toronto will have to improve upon this season if they really want to have a shot of breaking the .500 mark. Valanciunas will have to learn to keep himself out of foul trouble if the defense is going to improve. The Raptors look to rank in the mid 20s in defense but if they can improve that to middle of the pack Derozan and Rudy Gay will have a great chance to make pleanty of points in transition turning defense into offense. If improvements are made in the needed areas and Valanciunas doesnt get burnt out after an entire summer of playing ball in Las Vegas and for the Lithuanian team in the EuroBasket Raptors fans in Toronto could get the playoff birth they have been hoping for.