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NBA Offseason Buzz: Toronto Raptors

Chris Bosh continues to improve, but Hedo may not deliver as anticipated

Originally Published: September 11, 2009
By John Hollinger and Ric Bucher | ESPN Insider

Want to know who's heating up for a big season on the hardwood? Insider is tapping into John Hollinger's projected player efficiency ratings to see who's trending up and down across the NBA. Ric Bucher rounds out the report by examining a pivotal player you'll want to watch as the season approaches. The series continues with the Toronto Raptors.

No team made more moves or spent more money than the Raptors this summer. If all the new additions are on the opening-day roster, they will have plenty of new faces: Marco Belinelli, Hedo Turkoglu, Jarrett Jack, Reggie Evans, Antoine Wright, Rasho Nesterovic (back after a year in Indiana), Amir Johnson, Sonny Weems and rookie DeMar DeRozan. Even the coaching staff has been restocked, with assistant Marc Iavaroni joining coach Jay Triano, whose interim tag was dropped. All this was meant to convince one old face, F/C Chris Bosh, to re-up next summer.

To see which player is taking off, which is crashing to earth and which name you'll need to know for the 2009-10 season, you must be an ESPN Insider.


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Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer