With the NBA Lockout still looming (Opening Day has came and gone) and with no clear end in sight, Raptors Rapture has decided to stay positive and give you five reasons why you should actually be excited for the 2011/12 Toronto Raptors Season.
5. A Shortened Season Actually Helps
Think about it. The last shortened season created sheer chaos as certain players were out of shape (Shawn Kemp) and the long layoff allowed for teams to succeed that probably would not have in a regular 82 game slate. Now I will admit that today’s NBA is much different, a young team like the Raptors has the potential to get hot and play themselves into playoff contention in a shortened season. Anything is possible right?
4. No More Sonny Weems
Have fun in Europe “Money Weems” may I never angirly tweet about your terrible shot selection ever again.
3. NBA TV Canada Is Playing Hardwood Classics
Because there is nothing better than coming home at One AM and watching the 1993 Western Conference Finals.
2. DeMar DeRozan is Ready
After a stellar season last year and an insane performance in the Dunk Contest, Demar looks ready to follow in the footsteps of Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter and be the highlight reel swingman that will lead the Raptors to winning basketball for years to come. Well, as long as he stays.
1. Jonas Valanciunas Looks Like the Real Deal
Remember on draft day when all of you clowned on Jonas? Well he responded by playing some pretty solid basketball in the EuroBasket tournament this summer, even leading Lithuania to victory against a Germany team that had Dirk and Chris Kaman in the frontcourt. Well he did have his ups and downs, he performed at a very high level against NBA-level talent and much older players, which is something that few prospects in this years’ draft class can claim. If you aren’t looking forward to seeing how he performs in his first NBA season, you can’t call yourself a Raptors Fan.