The Toronto Raptors are just a few days away from opening up their regular season in a year where they will look to improve upon a 2021-22 campaign that featured 48 wins, multiple starters receiving individual honors for their play, and two postseason victories against the 76ers.
If you’re not necessarily a Raptors diehard who tunes in to hear Matt Devlin every night, Toronto can still swallow up most of your free time on weekend nights. No matter what corner of the world this team played in, this squad has become must-see TV.
While the Raptors remain one of the most well-supported teams in Canada, they have a few obstacles to overcome when it comes to being a household name in America. The fact they don’t have tons of flashy personalities, despite their success, makes them less appealing to the casual fan. That could change this year.
Those of you with NBA League Pass should make it a mission to catch as many Raptors games as possible. Rather than give you chapter and verse about how fun this squad can be, let’s just stick to the top three reasons why this team needs to be seen on a regular basis.
3 reasons to watch the Toronto Raptors this season
1. The signature style of play
In a league where so many teams are moving towards the same style of play in service of the almighty 3-pointer, the Raptors are choosing to zig when everyone else zags. Outside of Fred VanVleet and 6-5 Gary Trent Jr, every member of the rotation is between 6-7 and 6-9.
Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse have been very open in their desire to place defensive versatility at the very top of their priority list. For fans of uniqueness in the league and high-level defensive basketball, the Raptors will present a nightly showcase worth watching.
The Toronto Raptors play basketball like no other team.
The Raptors will bombard screens with all sorts of switching, high-octane transition possessions, and as many forced turnovers as you’ll see in the league. Why not play a 6-9 forward at point guard and a 6-7 wing at center? The possibilities in this scheme are endless!
Raptors fans might be slightly desensitized to these combinations, considering how Nurse loved to mix and match with all sorts of bizarre alignments last season. It’s time that the rest of the league gets clued in as to what is going on in Toronto.