The Toronto Raptors opted to stand out this year. But why would a outfit, the Raps, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a market-rate contract of four years and $48 million, which assured pace-setter and the team’s leader would reunite. When the ink was dry on this agreement, the Raps understood they could sit and bank on internal growth from the likes of Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan, the latter having made his initial All-Star Game last February.
There’s still some intrigue on the roster, stable although the Raptors are. Virtual unidentified Bruno Caboclo has been the surprise first-round pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite certain how good the 19-year-old Brazilian might become.
Lucas“Bebe“ Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via commerce in June, and he’s another potential-packed prospect. Although he is not near to being a significant contributor to the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his new team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of the National Post:“Regardless, you get the sense that even if Nogueira was at the center of Siberia without a drop of Russian from his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.“
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of keeping up a prosperous status quo while injecting just potential.
And no, I can not explain their chances are low as the Knicks’.