Archive for the ‘Defence’ Category

As NBA player movement cools down, fans begin to look at virtually completed rosters and wonder where their team fits in. It’s no different for Raptors fans, who are looking at a young roster they feel might be in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

While much of the talk likely centers around how many games this team can win (I’d peg them at around 35 right now, but will make an official prediction in October) and how many wins would be needed to make the playoffs in the East (likely 40-to-42), my measuring stick revolves around one major question: Can this team, as presently constructed, finish in the top-10 in defensive efficiency?

The answer to that question could hold the key to either the franchise’s first playoff berth in five years, or the longest post-season drought in franchise history.

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