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More than any game related performance or story, the talk of the town this past week has been about what the Raptors rotation will look like when the season opens up against the Pacers on Halloween night. The spark for the discussion came earlier this week when Dwane Casey mentioned that he planned to use the last few pre-season games to pare down his rotation in preparation for the regular season, and that he’s planning on using a more traditional eight-man rotation that could expand to nine or possibly 10 on some nights.

Casey did add that a lot of his game to game decisions will be based on matchups (ie- Aaron Gray getting playing time against bigger centres), but if and when the Raptors coach does decide to cut down his rotation to eight or nine men, the hard part of having a deeper roster at his disposal will come into play, as Casey will surely have some tough calls to make.

Let’s examine some of those upcoming decisions.

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The last game of a painful and somewhat meaningless (from a win/loss perspective) 2011-2012 season is a distant memory, with Ben Uzoh’s triple-double lifting the Raptors over the Nets now nearly half a year in the rear view mirror. The highly anticipated and much more meaningful 2012-2013 season unofficially gets underway on Monday with a pre-season opener against Spain’s Real Madrid.

Okay, so the opening game of a supposedly more meaningful season is actually meaningless. But you get the point.

We’re all pretty stoked to get this 18th season in Raptors history tipped off, but before we do, let’s look back on the 2012 off-season, and how we got to this present moment of excitement.

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Jose Calderon has 10,561,982 reasons to smile this season

There are a few websites that NBA fans can browse when they’re trying to find player and team salary information, but over the last couple of years, I’ve found that none is as accurate, as specific or as detailed as “ShamSports,” a basketball website run by Mark Deeks, who you may also know as a TBJ contributor.

On Thursday night, Deeks released salary information for the Raptors. Let’s discuss.

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Over the last month or so, ESPN has slowly unveiled their ranking of the Top 500 NBA players (from Eddy Curry to LeBron James) according to a panel of 104 “experts.” For the most part, I’d say they’ve got it right, but the method they used to get there – arbitrarily rating each player from 0-10 – is a little ridiculous.

Nonetheless, regardless of whether the rankings actually tell us anything about the “current quality of each player,” as panelists were asked to judge the players on, given that so many high profile NBA media people and insiders were involved in the ranking, the list does, at the very least, give us a good indication of how each player is perceived heading into the 2012-13 season.

For the purpose of this blog, I’ve compiled a list of where each Raptor ranked in the panel’s eyes, and have included the player each Raptor is preceded by and followed by, to give you an idea of the kind of company each Raptor is keeping in these rankings.

In addition, I’ve included where five Raptors (Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas) rank by position and where Toronto’s three rookies rank among first year players.

So without further ado, here’s how 104 ESPN-titled experts see the 16 Raptors compared to the rest of the NBA:

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Is this throwaway post — one of many sure to come in this space — a cheap excuse to embed a Jonas Valanciunas picture because we’ve been attracting a staggering number of Lithuanian visitors to this blog lately? Why, yes. Yes, it is.