Toronto Raptors: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
The Line: See the Latest Odds
Last season, the Toronto Raptors made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and clearly have a promising team under head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors did a nice job of keeping the team intact and have a good chance to once again make some noise in the East.
Here is your 2014 Toronto Raptors NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Louis Williams, James Johnson
Key Losses: Steve Novak
Biggest Strength: The biggest strength for the Toronto Raptors is their hunger for success and determination. The Raptors remind me of the Oklahoma City Thunder of a few years ago when everybody on the roster was in their low 20s and just eager to prove themselves to the world. It paid off pretty well and has OKC in position to compete for championships. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas are all 28 or younger. The Raptors are a youthful group that not only now knows it can win, but is dying to take that next step and win something big for the city of Toronto. When you combine talent and hunger, you usually end up with a deadly combination.
Biggest Weakness: The same thing that makes the Toronto Raptors so dangerous is its very weakness. The Raptors are a very young team, and majority of the players participated in their first playoff series just last season. The inexperience was a huge deciding factor in the series loss to the Brooklyn Nets, as the Raptors turned the ball over 20-plus times in some of those games. It takes time before teams go from being at the bottom to competing for NBA championships. While the Raptors are extremely intriguing and very talented, you can’t help but wonder if youth will hold them back for another year or two.
Expectations: The Toronto Raptors have the potential to earn a top seed in the East and once again gain home court advantage in the playoffs. The Raptors are one of the more talented teams in the NBA, just very wet behind the ears and needs more experience under the belt. Still, the sky is the limit for this young core and fans in Toronto should be very excited to watch things play out.