|2009-10 Team Rating|
|6th Overall||30th Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
The departure of Chris Bosh left a hole that rookie Ed Davis doesn't quite fill. The Raptors will have to hope that Amir Johnson can handle a bigger role.
Somehow, Jose Calderon is still a Raptor. Leandro Barbosa gives Toronto more offense in the backcourt, but he's undersized at the two.
This was the worst defensive team in the league last season, and the personnel they added won't help much. Expect them to be at the bottom of the league again.
With Barbosa and either Calderon or Jarrett Jack, the Raptors' second unit will have a strong backcourt. But there's not much up front.
Jay Triano holds some of the responsibility for how awful the Raptors were defensively last season. He'll need a new plan on that end of the floor.
If it's the offseason, it must mean that big changes are going down in Toronto. But this summer, it's clear what direction the Raptors are going in. If they couldn't make the playoffs with Chris Bosh, what are they going to do without him?
The trade that sent Hedo Turkoglu to Phoenix may have been addition by subtraction, and Linas Kleiza will give them some much-needed toughness in their starting lineup. But this team is still a few transactions away from moving in the right direction.
It will be a rough year at the Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors must start thinking long-term, rather than going for the quick fix like they have in the past. There are some building blocks on this roster, but they need time to develop.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|