Normally, the defending NBA champions would be considered title contenders. That would especially be true if they also had the third-best record in the entire league. That is currently the case with the Toronto Raptors. Despite those two things, they haven’t received as much attention as some other teams in the league.
Toronto Raptors 2020 Analysis
Many assumed the Raptors would drastically fall off due to the departure of Kawhi Leonard. However, the Raptors currently have a better record than the Los Angeles Clippers, the team Kawhi left the defending NBA champions for. Despite Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet all missing double-digit games, the Raptors are currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference. With two all-stars, a deep bench, a very good head coach and last year’s championship experience, the Raptors are capable of making another deep playoff run, whenever the season resumes.
Many believe that you need a star player to go far in the playoffs. The departure of Kawhi had many thinking that the Raptors were now devoid of a star. However, Pascal Siakam has emerged. Siakam is currently averaging 24 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game while shooting 46% from the field, 36% from three and 80% from the free throw line. Siakam has become the best player on the team with the league’s third-best record.
What Does the Future Have in Store for Toronto?
The Raptors are already very good, but they could be much better in the near future. Toronto will have lots of cap space in the summer of 2021, when Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Bradley Beal, Victor Oladipo, and Rudy Gobert could all be free agents. Thanks to the growing popularity of basketball in Canada and the team’s winning culture, the Raptors should be a premier destination for free agents.
Despite losing Kawhi Leonard, arguably the best player in the world, Toronto has the third-best record in the league. The Raptors are still a force to be reckoned with. With two all-stars, a deep bench, a very good head coach and last year’s championship experience, the Raptors are capable of making another deep playoff run, whenever the season resumes.
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