Could this be the Raptors team to make it into the second round since the Vincent Lamar Carter days? Â The Raptors addressed the need for a proven quality center by adding Jermaine O’Neal and combined with Chris Bosh, will be one of the best front court combos in the East. Â They locked up Jose Calderon that made the offense buzz and Andrea BargnaniÂ has added some bulk to his frame with hopes of a redeeming 08- 09 campaign.
Projected Starters:Â PGÂ – Jose CalderonÂ /Â SGÂ – Anthony Parker /Â SFÂ – Jamario Moon /Â PFÂ – Chris BoshÂ /Â CÂ – Â Jermaine O’Neal
Additions:Â Jermaine Oâ€™Neal, Roko Ukic, Will Solomon, Hassan Adams, Nathan Jawai
Losses:Â T.J. Ford, Carlos Delfino, Rasho Nesterovic, Jorge Garbajosa, Maceo Baston, Primoz Brezec
Projected Wins:Â 50+
Team Theme Song:Â Â Fat Joe ft Lil Wayne – Make it Rain
The Raptors have 4 of the top 11 three point shooters (by percentage) in the league. With an established inside game that will create more open outside shots, it will rain!
With the right mix of the new inside /Â outsideÂ game, the Raptors have a great chance of finishing in the top half of the eastern conference. Â Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh should turn in all-star type numbers and if Jamario Moon or Jason Kapono can learn to score off the dribble to create offense of their own, things can only get better.Â