I think the argument can be made that if we had a healthy Andrea Bargnani we would be in a position to make the playoffs THIS year. So ... yes with a healthy andrea bargnani, and JV we can definitely be a playoff team next year.
No point in even speculating at this point....i'm waiting til after the draft til I drink any kool aid
We'll be an 8-11 seed next year! That's my prediction.
I believe reasons we can make the playoffs next season include Coach Casey having a FULL training camp and Ed Davis getting his first full training camp. Ed has had a rough beginning to his NBA career thus far. Hopefully a full training camp and help start turning things around. Also, as per everyone else, an improving A. Johnson, J. Johnson, DeRozan and a healthy Bargnani all helps make us playoff competitive. Another thing to note is the continuing "culture change". right now it looks like our team has a lot of potential because we are playing well against good teams. The problem is, we still have a knack for playing bad against bad teams (ie. team will similar or worse records than ours). Not to worry though. I think this year was mainly to establish a defensive presence (or foundation) whereas next year the team will have its own system that it plays night-in and night-out with defence as a foundation regardless or the calibre of the opposing team.
Im not counting on the draft pick to help us make the playoffs. Right now we sit 12 and only 2.5 games back of the 10 seed Cleveland. Plus rookies (draft pick and JVal) will make us younger and add inexperience to the roster. Im not expecting the rookies to come in and make and impact right away. I expect they will be given development time.
who knows, the real question is "Can we have as much success as a young team as OKC has had"
they used to be like us, can we be like them?
with JV a high draft pick a full training camp, a summer to work with the training staff, a healthy Bargnani, and either the signing of Chandler or Batum we are a 5th - 8th seed in the East next year.
The Raptors have a very small chance of making the playoffs next year. If Howard goes to the Nets that chance moves to zero. Even a Howard-less Orlando is the more likely playoff team and Cleveland is improving faster than we are. Of the playoff teams in the East, only Boston is a sure bet to decline next year.
That said, I don't give a damn about making the playoffs. It's meaningless. You're either building a championship-calibre team or you're rebuilding and stockpiling lottery picks. Anything in the middle is the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks or Phoenix Suns -- perennial first-round outs or mediocre bubble teams. Same result.
This team as constructed is not good enough and doesn't have a single player with more potential than we've already seen. JV may be very good, who knows? But stud bigs need time to become game-changers. We still need a 2, a 3, a 6th man (assuming Barbosa leaves) and a perimeter defender. I don't feel that DD and JJ are starters on a playoff team and I suspect most people outside of Toronto would agree with me, plus we're small up front with nobody in development.
The Raptors are 3-5 years away, at least.
On NBA Gametime they were talking about the Raptors' change in culture, and their compete level night in and night out, and they've noticed the change and continued improvement about our young guys (moreover Andrea Bargnani), so really lack at talent has been our main problem. Valanciunas is a much needed upgrade over Gray, who I like very much, and with this year's draft and a healthy Bargnani, most likely our talent problem will be built upon this off-season.
All in Bryan Colangelo's hands now.
i wouldn't be surprises if colangelo scripted this while still gming in phoenix.
it's done. we are in.