TORONTO - Something wacky and unexpected has happened this basketball season.
A Raptors team expected to be in the hunt for Andrew Wiggins and the five or six other elite prospects in this summer’s super-draft both before the season and following the trade of Rudy Gay, instead has taken off like a rocket in the opposite direction.
Instead of the smoke and ashes of a blown-up roster and a torpedoed season, there’s just smoke and exhaust fumes from the good ship Raptor rising into the stratosphere.
What gives? Rudy Gay was Toronto’s leading scorer last season, No. 2 this year and the closest thing to an all-star the franchise had known since Chris Bosh took his talents to South Beach. Don’t you need top skill to succeed in the NBA?