With only one game left for the Toronto Raptors, the season can already be labeled as a success. At the end of last summer, most fans expected to be closer to the top of the lottery than they did to the top of the standings … and after a 6-12 start to the season, that was still the expectation.
Then everything changed on Dec. 8 when Masai Ujiri shipped Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Still, many anticipated that this was the beginning of Ujiri’s dismantling of the roster. And if it wasn’t for James Dolan vetoing a potential Kyle Lowry deal, this season would have likely ended incredibly different.
The Raptors have clinched their second Atlantic Division title, already have the highest single-season win total in franchise history, and still have one game remaining. The third seed is still up for grabs, and their playoff opponent could be any of Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, or Brooklyn Nets.
Each of these teams poses a unique challenge to the Raptors. So the question is, what must the Raptors be aware of moving forward?