The Departures of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard will not stop these three Toronto Raptors from having breakout seasons.
Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers shook the NBA to its core. The agonizing wait for the 28-year old’s decision did not play out the way many had hoped. However, hope is not lost. The Toronto Raptors are in an interesting position. They can still remain competitive with the already existing roster. Or, Toronto’s front office may choose to blow everything up.
There is perhaps one thing that is certain amidst all the uncertainty. In order to remain a threat in the Eastern Conference, Nick Nurse will have to get creative.
Toronto only retains sixty percent of its starting lineup from a year ago. Who ultimately fills those roles is anyone’s guess at this point.
Believe it or not, there are positives to Green and Leonard’s departure from the Raptors. Players who were less prominent a year ago will have no choice but to step up. There are two starting spots up for grabs, who wants it most?
It will be intriguing to see how Nurse crafts his rotation in the coming months. He has not been shy about experimenting with lineups in the past.
The 2019 NBA Champions will lay down for nobody in the coming year. Despite being a different looking team, the goal remains the same. Expect the Raptors to at the very least, remain competitive.
Toronto has always been the underdog, never a title favorite. Being counted out by many will only fuel their quest to win another championship.
The Raptors have weathered the storm through a chaotic offseason. As the future begins to take shape, there are three players who will benefit most from Toronto’s summer of change.