With a new season on the horizon, what are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for the Toronto Raptors in 2019-20?
The 2018-19 season was a memorable one for the Toronto Raptors and their fans. So much so, they ended up taking home the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Everything was perfect.
However, the season could have ended in a completely different way.
Maybe the team faces some injury issues. Maybe Pascal Siakam doesn’t take the leap that he did. Who knows, “the shot” could’ve bounced a fifth time and fallen out instead of dropping.
Raptors fans are lucky to have that experience. As for the 2019-20 season, everything is different.
The expectations for the team have changed.
A realistic expectation for the Raptors is something like the fourth or fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and making it through to the second round of the playoffs.
For right now, the East is shaping up to be top-heavy with little competition beneath the leaders. The Raptors don’t fit in that elite category of teams but, they also don’t fall too far behind.
They’ll play the really weak teams like the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards three or four times. That will give the Raptors a relatively decent amount of base wins and whatever they get on top of that will just push them up the ladder.
The Raptors will end up somewhere in between the middle of the conference and the top. They’ll be better than mediocre but not outstanding.
However, the season can flip hard on either side of that base expectation. If you look at last year, the variance between their best and worst case wasn’t very big, this year the difference is huge.