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Predicting the Toronto Raptors’ Starting Five for Next Season

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Predicting the Toronto Raptors' Starting Five for Next Season

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The Toronto Raptors dropped a hard-fought first-round playoff series to the Brooklyn Nets and enter the offseason with several key questions regarding their roster. The most important question is whether they can/will re-sign point guard Kyle Lowry, who was the heart and soul of the team during Toronto's surprise run this season. Click through to see who could be taking the court for the Raptors to start next season.

PG: Kyle Lowry

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PG: Kyle Lowry

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As Kyle Lowry went this season, so went the Raptors. Lowry is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but Toronto owns his Bird Rights and can offer him an extra year and more money than any other team. Because of that, it's hard to see Lowry going elsewhere, especially given that the Raptors have seemingly established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the East in the years to come.

SG: DeMar DeRozan

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SG: DeMar DeRozan

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If Lowry isn't the best player on the Raptors, DeRozan is. DeRozan silenced critics who said he was too one-dimensional by having a career season, and he was one of the main catalysts for the Raptors' surprise division title. Having recently signed a contract extension, DeRozan will be slotted in as the Raptors' starting two-guard for the foreseeable future.

SF: Cleanthony Early

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SF: Cleanthony Early

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This one might come as a bit of a surprise. Terrence Ross is the incumbent at the three, but his slight stature makes it difficult for him to man up bigger perimeter players, as the Raptors found out when he was torched by Joe Johnson. As a result, with their first-round pick, the Raptors could target the multi-dimensional Early, who has the requisite size to guard sizable wings and can hold his own on the offensive end.

PF: Amir Johnson

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PF: Amir Johnson

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Amir Johnson was another pleasant surprise for Toronto this past season, and he was one of the big reasons why the Raptors almost knocked off the Nets in the playoffs. Johnson can still make some boneheaded plays and falls in love with his jumper at times, but he's a high-energy forward who can crash the glass and block shots, while not killing the team on the offensive end. He'll be the starting four on opening night for Toronto.

C: Jonas Valanciunas

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C: Jonas Valanciunas

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Jonas Valanciunas really came on the scene this season, finally translating his immense talent into tangible results. Valanciunas nearly averaged a double-double this season and at 22, he figures to only get better from here. Valanciunas is one of the anchors of the Toronto frontcourt and barring injury, he'll be in the starting lineup for them for years to come.