Following the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the world was expecting a total rebuild for the defending NBA Champions. With their biggest star gone, and questions looming about their potential without him, it seemed inevitable that the franchise was headed in a new direction.
Yet, when summer came and went, Masai Ujiri and the team front-office went silent, choosing to roll with who they had instead of giving in and blowing it up.
The result? Better than what anyone could have imagined. Not only are the Raptors not bad, but they’re actually pretty good. With the fourth-best record in the East, at 15-6, Toronto is once again swimming with elite company. They are second in 3-point field goal percentage, eighth in offensive rating, fourth in defensive rating, and allow their opponents to shoot a league-best average of 41% from the field.
In light of their success, they are on the hunt for another foundational piece to put them over the edge.