Everything was stacked against the Raptors last season. The abbreviated offseason gave new coach Dwane Casey little time in camp to get his changes fully up to speed on his system, and when Andrea Bargnani got hurt the threadbare roster wasn't able to compensate for the loss of its one dependable star.
Despite a futile offseason pursuit of Steve Nash, the Raptors enter 2012 with some optimism. The club has embraced Casey's scrappy scheme, dealt for Kyle Lowry, lured Landry Fields away from the Knicks and added two lottery picks to the mix in 2011 fifth overall pick Jonas Valanciunas and 2012 eight overall pick Terrence Ross. The Raptors still need reliable scoring from someone other than Bargnani, but in a depleted Eastern Conference a playoff appearance is attainable. More importantly the Raptors actually have a nucleus to excite the fan base, something they've been lacking since Vince Carter was the NBA's poster boy.
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