Oh, well. It was fun, Raptors

Looking back at a disappointing season for the Raptors

click to enlarge Oh, well. It was fun, Raptors
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With the season winding down, the Raptors have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.

This comes as a shock to me, as before the season many had the Raptors as a lock to be a top-5 team in the Eastern Conference, but with the emergence of the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks as solid teams with quality talent the Raptors have struggled mightily all season. 

I would say let’s try to look for some silver linings, but unfortunately, with the Raptors likely leaving Tampa and heading back to Toronto for next season, there aren’t many. 

Star point guard Kyle Lowry’s contract expires this year, and is unlikely to resign with the Raptors, despite both sides being incredibly appreciative of the time Lowry has spent in a Raptors uniform. 

Pascal Siakam took a step back developmentally, as his shooting numbers took a massive dip this season, and he had those weird feuds with head coach Nick Nurse. So, not great for your supposed “superstar player.”

Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher have had solid years, though, and look to be decent building blocks for the Raptors to move forward with, as with their missing the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade they should end up with a pretty good draft pick. 

Speaking of that draft pick, there are many different mock drafts and with the lottery system the Raptors could end up anywhere within the first 14 picks, but the general consensus is that the Raptors are in dire need of a replacement for point guard Kyle Lowry. 

Jalen Suggs and Cade Cunningham would be perfect if the draft falls that way, and if they do, they can run out a starting 5 of Suggs/Cunningham, VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Siakam, and Boucher. That’s certain to be a competitive group, especially in the East. 

Unluckily for us in Tampa though, we probably won’t be around to see it. 

Oh, well. It was fun, Raptors, even if you guys didn’t exactly live up to expectations. 

@CTBrantley12

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