The Raptors are coming off of a first round sweep of a shorthanded Brooklyn Nets, but that should have been an easy series, tomorrow the Raptors start their series against the Celtics at 1:00 eastern time. This is gonna be an exciting series between 2 rivals and it will answer the question of whether the raps are contenders or pretenders. Lets get into the strengths and weaknesses of this team.
The Raptors have one of the if not the deepest bench in the NBA. They also have a top 2 defence in the NBA, they have held superstars like Lebron, AD, Giannis, Dame, and Kawhi to their worst games of the season. Also coached by the reigning coach of the year Nick Nurse this team is dangerous. The Raptors have 2 All Stars in Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. A few borderline all stars. They have 5 players that average 15+ppg. It’s safe to say this team has a stack load of talent. Let’s get into weaknesses
The Raptors have no superstar or closer. While they have a bunch of 3-4 star players there is no 5 star player that you can always rely on with the game on the line. They also have losing head 2 head records vs the remaining eastern conference teams. 3-1 vs Celtics, 2-1 vs Heat and 2-1 vs bucks (one win coming when giannis didn’t play for bucks and Lowry, Ibaka and Vanvleet didn’t play). Yes the playoffs are a different topic but this is still an alarming stat. Lastly while their defence is amazing their offence relies too much on momentum and fast break. They will need to go deep into offensive sets to have a championship run.
With these facts stated, what do y’all think? Are Raptors Pretenders or Contenders?