Toronto Raptors’ five biggest questions going into the 2018-19 season

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3. Will the “Bench Mob” continue their run?

Last season, the Toronto Raptors had one of the best benches in the entire league. This year the “Bench Mob”, led by Fred VanVleet, will be looking to repeat.

With Delon Wright, C.J. Miles, Siakam and Poeltl alongside him, the Raptors bench was able to post huge numbers. The group not only put up an offensive rating of 116.2, but also a defensive rating of 99.1, a better mark than the league-leading Boston Celtics (101.5).

The Raptors’ reserves put up numbers that rivaled any bench unit in the league last year.

With the departure of Poeltl, the bench lineup will look different this year, forcing the team to adapt.

Luckily, Toronto’s young talent seems poised to take a step forward.

Wright, in a contract year, will be looking to put up numbers to increase his stock on the free agent market. Meanwhile, Siakam has already shown the ability to improve rapidly. Last year, Siakam was able to not only quadruple his assist production but also raise his scoring average from 4.2 to 7.3.

After his first real NBA season, VanVleet will be more acclimated and comfortable in his role.

After performing at a ridiculous level last year, the “Bench Mob,” looks to be positioned to improve further. If not, the Raptors will lose what was their biggest strength, last season.