2. Chicago Bulls
The Raptors’ season ended in embarrassing fashion last season, as they blew a huge home lead against the inferior Bulls and became the butt of jokes thanks to Diar DeRozan (daughter of DeMar DeRozan). Her screeching precipitated missed free throws in clutch moments.
The Raptors could not only get some revenge on the Bulls for the unceremonious close to the Nick Nurse era, but they can compare themselves against a team that is considered very similar to Toronto from a competitive point of view due to their depth.
The Toronto Raptors must face off against the Bulls.
The Raptors and Bulls both retained many of their big names, with Chicago signing Nikola Vucevic and Toronto keeping both Gary Trent Jr. and Jakob Poeltl. Ayo Dosunmu, who was linked to the Raptors, decided to spurn Masai Ujiri and return to the Bulls on a three-year deal.
Toronto managed to steal away one of the better developmental prospects in Chicago’s ranks when they signed Javon Freeman-Liberty to a two-way contract. Perhaps he and Dosunmu could face off against one another to see which team made the right choice.