The annual Toronto Raptors season preview for 2016-17 by Basketball Insiders is out. Here are some of the highlights:
Toronto Raptors All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are coming off career years and team President Masai Ujiri wants them to set their goals higher, to start thinking about NBA championships.
The NBA is a star driven league and the teams with the biggest stars seem to inevitably make it into the playoffs and the best on to the NBA Finals. If a team doesn’t have more than it’s share of top 100 talent, their playoff aspirations could be in trouble.
All-Star Chris Bosh has failed his physical with the Heat prior to the start of training camp. There is no timetable for his return.
The Kings haven’t been a .500 club in a decade of futility and even superstar DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t been able to change that. However, general manager Vlade Divac may still have time to blow up this mess and start over as his team moves into new digs at Golden 1 Center and offer the Kings long suffering fans at least some glimmer of hope for the future.
Opportunities for young basketball talent in Canada keeps expanding beyond the obvious programs like CIA Bounce in Brampton, Ontario because of the efforts of programs like Ball On My Mind and many other others geared to those highly talented prospects who might just need a little more exposure and training to elevate their game and get noticed.
ESPN has forecast the NBA East standings for 2016-17. Basketball Insiders Joel Brigham and Steve Kyler threw caution to the wind and talked thru their ranking of the Eastern Conference recently and Pro Bball Report has come to its own conclusions about where this season is headed.