Toronto Raptors: 50-1

The Toronto Raptors opted to stand out this season. But really, why could the Raps, a 48-win outfit, go?
Kyle Lowry obtained a contract of $48 million and four years, which assured pace-setter and the group’s leader will reunite. Once the ink was dry on that deal, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on growth by the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas having made his initial All-Star Game last February.
Stable though the Raptors are, there is still some intrigue on the roster. Virtual unknown Bruno Caboclo was the surprise first-round pick of Toronto, and nobody is quite sure how good that the 19-year-old Brazilian could become.
Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via trade in June, and he is another potential-packed potential. Although he is not near to being a major contributor on the ground, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his team in stride, according to Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you get the sense that if Nogueira was at the heart of Siberia with no fall of Russian in his repertoire, he would still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.”
In sum, the Raptors did a wonderful job of maintaining a status quo that is prosperous while injecting enough exciting possibility.
And no, I can not explain their odds are low as the Knicks’.

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