Toronto Raptors making serious push in NBA's Eastern Conference

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (centre), centre Jonas Valanciunas (left) and power forward...

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (centre), centre Jonas Valanciunas (left) and power forward Amir Johnson react to a play during the fourth quarter of a win against the powerful Pacers on Jan. 1. (MARK JONEZNY/USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

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?


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