The fact that the Raptors are a better team today than they were a little over a month ago when Masai Ujiri made that season-altering trade with Sacramento is as plain as the standings in the morning newspaper.
Since dealing Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray to the Kings for Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes, the Raptors own an 11-5 record and sit at an even .500 for the year.
That’s good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division.
All four of the newcomers come off the bench, while Terrence Ross has moved into Gay’s old spot among the starting five.
The old adage in assessing a trade is the winner of the trade is always the team that got the best player.
In this instance the adage doesn’t hold water.
What the Raptors gave up in talent, they more than got back in character and chemistry, not to mention a new definition of what being a team is all about.