What we learned from Raptors' pre-season

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (left) and battling Bucks' O.J. Mayo on Friday, has impressed early on with...

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (left) and battling Bucks' O.J. Mayo on Friday, has impressed early on with his development. (USA Today Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

So, what did we learn from a wild pre-season that included a 6-1 record, a double-overtime game, two quiet returns by Andrea Bargnani and a rare cancelled game?

 

Not much that wasn’t already apparent, actually.

DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas continue to get better; Kyle Lowry remains vital to the cause; the bench is still an alarming weak point; the pre-season goes on way too long and Tyler Hansbrough is going to enrage opponents on a nightly basis.

DeRozan led the Raptors in pre-season scoring at 15.3 points per game, as well as steals and shot a blistering 54% from the field. Just as importantly, he looked better on the defensive end compared to in the past. The one blemish in his performance was a failure to transfer a summer spent launching three-pointers into game action. DeRozan hit just three of 14 from three (21.4%).

The return on Rudy Gay’s eye surgery was better. Gay shot 40% on his 20 attempts and 48% overall, far higher than his c


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