Prior to the start of last season, several so-called experts had Toronto in the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick, which turned out to be Canadian Andrew Wiggins.
In fact, it appeared newly hired general manager Masai Ujiri had a trade in place to send point guard Kyle Lowry to the Knicks — a deal reportedly blocked by New York owner James Dolan in December.
From that point on the Raptors took off. Lowry’s play reached an all-star level, Toronto won the Atlantic Division and came within a Game 7 shot of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
With the Raptors beginning training camp for the 2014-15 season Monday, the hope is that the losing culture in Toronto should be a thing of the past.
The Raptors re-signed Lowry, Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and head coach Dwane Casey in the off-season, to go with all-star DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.
While the balance of power in the Eastern Conference has shifted from Miami to Cleveland, most NBA prognosticators have slotted Toronto in the next tier with Chicago, Washington and Brooklyn.
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Predictably, last season’s performance has made Toronto a pre-season contender in the Eastern Conference.
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