Re: TORONTO RAPTORS ARE THE SECOND BEST TEAM IN THE EAST DISCUSSION THREAD
Depends who you ask really.
For those that think tanking is a sure fire way to rebuild in the NBA then sure. I, as a bunch of people will know, do not. I more or less think it's completely ineffective actually with only a couple times working in history.
Toronto has nothing to play for really. They aren't going to win an NBA Championship. Best they can do is put on the best performance they can and attempt to prove they aren't just another NBA punching bag or the "Washington Generals" to the NBA Powerhouses.
The Raptors traded away their 2 "best" players and got better. One they even got assets for shockingly enough and the other they got guys that are now anchoring their bench which have actually helped a lot. I said when they traded Gay that the team was going to get better and if they were serious about getting a top draft pick then they probably shouldn't have done that. The Raptors are showing right now what a young inspired team can do. The Raptors for the first time in a while may actually be giving free agents a reason to want to play there. They still may not come, as it still is Toronto where it's cold and you have to pay taxes twice but they may think about it a bit more.
Maple Leafs - Raptors - Steelers - Blue Jays - Florida State