Quote Originally Posted by Eddy_Winslow:
great stuff! as a local who isn't high on raptors at all this year, I'd love to hear your reasons for taking them. bol this year!
This franchise will show pride and guts this season, now that they are able to play true home games and take advantage of one of the league's best home court advantage from arguably the most interactive fans...there's now accountability for the young next generation of this team, Van Fleet will likely take the next step as a fringe all star type player...Anunoby and Siakam make up a very solid athletic fast young 3 some which should keep them in most games...they will compete hard and try to prove to themselves the past 2 years was covid related...don't forget, this team never truly had the chance to have a "defend the title" type season at home under regular circumstances...Boucher could still improve, Flynn and Barnes will be allowed to play lots of minutes and score.
This team is the embodiment of heart, and I think Ujiri has a few moves up his sleeve at the deadline to trade Dragic if his stock is high...Dragic has every reason to buy in this year and prove he's a worthy 6th man for a contender at the deadline...him coming off the bench will be a huge advantage to the Raptors 2nd unit, this is assuming he understands the importance of him being a true team player between now and February.
Regarding the east, I see regression in general for teams like Philly, New York, Boston...I am not a believer of the Nets and can see that team imploding via injury and/or Kyrie drama...Chicago, Indiana, Miami will be average at best...I'm not buying into the Heat lovefest...Lowry is not likely going to get thru the season without some sort of injury, I just don't see that team living up to the hype.
Toronto will have many winnable games as short dogs this year...I think the oddsmakers truly underestimated the Raptors here, basing their RSW totals based on the last two covid seasons, specifically the brutal one they had last year.