The Toronto Raptors have seemed to be irrelevant for at least the five years, and this upcoming season doesn’t figure to change all that much. They really only have one star player in Rudy Gay, but even categorizing him in that level is rather far-fetched.
One area on the roster that has a huge glaring hole is the power forward position. If the season began today, the Raptors would have Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansbrough and Steve Novak competing for the starting position. That cannot be exciting to Raptors fans hoping for a strong 2013-2014 NBA season.
Johnson isn’t a terrible player as he averaged 10 points and almost eight rebounds per game last season, but most of the NBA community would agree that he really isn’t a starting caliber player. On a contending team, he would probably be your first or second big man off the bench. With a Toronto team starving for talent at the current moment, he would probably be their starter.
Hansbrough is also a decent player, but certainly not starting caliber quality. He is a high-energy big man who is probably more useful to a contending team rather than one that is rebuilding. If Hansbrough plays more than 25 minutes per game, then you know there are serious issues.
Novak is a 3-point specialist who happens to stand 6-foot-10. He is not a banger by any means and rarely likes to play within the paint. He will hover around the 3-point line looking for open shots.
The Raptors have a seriously problem at the power forward position and do not have many in-house candidates to help fill the void.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18