Toronto Raptors: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-14
Raptors Will Suck But Could Still Make Playoffs
Going into the 2013-14 NBA season, the Toronto Raptors have indeed made some additions that may improve their roster overall. However, despite these so-called improvements, the Raptors still don't stand the slightest chance of being an Eastern Conference juggernaut at any point during the season.
Although the Raptors will most likely struggle their way through the season and probably suck for the most part, there's a catch to their whole situation. That catch being the fact that they still have a decent shot at making the playoffs. The Eastern Conference has been very kind to teams that manage to only fall below the .500 mark by a couple of games for the past few seasons and the Raptors are looking like they can be one of those teams at the conclusion of the regular season.
For three out of the last five NBA seasons, there have been a total of three Eastern Conference teams that have made the playoffs as a No. 8 seed even though they didn't achieve a winning record at the end of the regular season. This is a problem that the NBA has been dealing with for quite some time, but also a problem that teams like the Raptors don't mind the NBA having.
Unfortunately for fans of the Raptors, Toronto is never going to be a market that can attract a plethora of amazing NBA-level talent all in one shot like a city such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and that dream land we all know as Miami. That being said, as long as they can scratch and claw their way to roughly a two to five game below .500 regular season mark, they may be able to finally try there hand at the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2008. Unfortunately for them, the party will stop right there as they will inevitably have to go up against a powerhouse in the first round.
Even though the Raptors still have a good chance of making the playoffs, lets not steer away from the topic at hand. They are still going to be terrible for a number of reasons and make the regular season seem as if it is twice as long than it really is. Here are five reasons why your Toronto Raptors will most likely suck during the 2013-14 NBA season.
5. Original Raptors Mascot Out For the Season
Talk about a bad omen! He's arguably the best mascot in the NBA. The Raptor suffered a season-ending Achilles injury earlier this month. He is the pride and joy of Toronto basketball fans as he has been the only source of entertainment for the fan base for a number of years. Although the team has found an understudy to take his place for the time being, the Raptors players themselves will find it hard to get things going without their man, or mascot for that matter, The Raptor.
4. Raptors Do Not Have An All-Star
DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Terrence Ross are all decent names, but definitely not big names. The Raptors don't have a perennial All-Star that can take the game into their own hands and win it for the rest of the team. As long as they are lacking in this department, fans should expect more losses than they would ever like to see.
3. Raptors Roster Full of Question Marks
Is Rudy Gay going to step up as the team's No. 1 guy? Who knows. Has Jonas Valanciunas learned how to play defense? I don't know. Can Steve Novak still drain a three-ball? Time will tell. There are way too many question marks on this team and not enough definitive outcomes for them to be a favorite to win each and every night. Here's hoping the questions above are answered with some sort of positivity.
2. Dwane Casey is Their Coach
Dwane Casey is not someone that commands the type of respect from his players that makes them want to win for him. He's had problems with Kyle Lowry, an important piece to the never-ending puzzle the Raptors have found themselves in year after year. Casey says he is going to coach how he wants to coach during this season, which could ultimately spell trouble for him since he is in the final year of his contract under a brand new GM that won't hesitate to send him out of town upon his first screw up.
1. The Eastern Conference is Just Too Good
The Miami Heat will win the Eastern Conference once again. The Chicago Bulls will be right there behind them. The Brooklyn Nets will follow suit and the New York Knicks will make a run before they ultimately fizzle out at the end of the regular season and during the first round or two of the playoffs. NBA basketball has become way too predictable for the likes of the Raptors to have any chance of making a run of their own.
The Raptors will very much be a sub-par team that will be forced to play through their share of problems throughout the season. As long as they don't have any big names on their team, they will not stand a chance of making any noise in a conference that will forever be dominated by the big boys of the game.