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The Raptors Shined This Season Despite Limited Playoff Run

The Raptors were one point away from picking up their first playoff win since 2001 and advance in the 2014 NBA playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets would hang on to win the game in seven. Regardless of the loss, Toronto still has a lot to be excited about.

The Raptors won 48 games this season, which was good enough to put them in the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and to give them the Atlantic Division title.

Not a lot was expected out of the Raptors, as is usual, at the beginning of the season. If you recall, Raptors’ management even admitted to attempting to sink the team early on when they got rid of Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay.

The Raptors only got better with the absence of the overpaid Gay and Bargnani and seemingly came out of nowhere. However, it is clear that this young team will come back next year better than ever and may even be among the elite teams for a long time coming.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are the backbone of the team. DeRozan is the fourth Raptor player in franchise history to be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. DeRozan was also a scoring machine all throughout the playoffs and regular season. However, he also heavily relied on Lowry, who is clearly the key player in this team’s strategy.

Lowry is an all-around player. His 7.4 assists per game and 190 total three-pointers were seventh and eighth in the league. He put up an average of 17.4 points and pulled down 4.7 rebounds this season.

Lowry’s contract with the Raptors ended after this season. A priority for the Raptors is to resign him. Though, if Lowry’s recent comments are any indication, it should not be too much trouble to do so.

If Lowry returns we will be talking about how good the Raptors are for many more seasons.

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