Toronto Raptors Complete 2016-17 Preview

September 23rd, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The story of the 2015-16 Toronto Raptors ended not with a funeral but rather a celebration of life.

As their first-ever Eastern Conference Finals berth wilted during their fourth double-digit loss of the series, chants of "Let's go Raptors!" rained down from the Air Canada Centre faithful. It was a fitting send-off for a team that produced the franchise's high marks in wins (56) and playoff success (10 victories) while sending two players to the All-Star Game for only the second time.

"It's a tremendous learning experience. ... Every situation was new for us," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said, per Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

With their initial exposure to the bright lights behind them, the Raptors enter 2016-17 eager to capitalize on mounting momentum. They may not have always resembled NBA elite, but only three clubs won more games, and just five had higher net efficiency ratings last season.

Has Toronto found a sustainable winning formula, or will this group go down as a one-hit wonder?


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