Toronto Raptors: 50-1

The Toronto Raptors opted to stand out this year. But why would a 48-win outfit, the Raps, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a market-rate contract of $48 million and four decades, which promised pace-setter and the team’s leader would return. Once the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps knew they could sit and bank on growth by the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas , the latter having made his initial All-Star Game February.
Stable although the Raptors are, there is still some young intrigue on the roster. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo has been Toronto’s surprise first-round pick, and nobody is quite sure how great that the Brazilian might become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via commerce in June, and he’s another potential-packed prospect. Although he is not near to being a significant contributor to the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his new team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you have the feeling that if Nogueira was in the center of Siberia without a drop of Russian from his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of maintaining a status quo that is successful whilst injecting just exciting potential to have some upside.
And no, I can not explain their odds are low as the Knicks’.

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