The Toronto Raptors’ success in 2013-14 has been well documented.
They established a new franchise record by winning 48 games. Furthermore, they won the Atlantic Division title and, along with the Chicago Bulls, finished with the third-best win-loss record in the Eastern Conference, behind the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat.
Most importantly, the Raptors returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and nearly knocked off the much more experienced and battle-tested Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors ultimately lost 4-3 in a thrilling best-of-7 series that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer.
Now the focus turns to whether the Raptors can continue to build on the ground work they laid last season.
Chemistry and continuity are often mentioned as key factors to winning and sustainable growth . If that’s the case, then the Raptors are off to a good start. By re-signing Klye Lowry, Patrick Patterson, and Greivis Vasquez this summer, general manager Masai Ujiri was able to achieve his goal of keeping the core group of players together for years to come.
With that said, here is a look at the projected starting lineup for 2014-15, with a brief explanation and some insight into what the contingency plan might be at each position.