The Toronto Raptors Season opener is less than 48 hours away as they take on the Chicago Bulls. The Raptors, like most teams across the league saw familiar faces go and welcomed new members to the roster.
The 2016-2017 season saw the Raps set a new franchise record by reaching the NBA playoffs for a fourth straight season.
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The Raptors also had another 50-win season in the books. When asked about how many wins the team was hoping for, star DeMar DeRozan was not a fan of the speculation.
“We don’t even look at that.” DeRozan said after Tuesdays team practice, “We don’t count nothing but the days until the game. We take it one game at a time. That is one thing I always stress to the team, one day at a time, one game at a time one practice at time.”
Last season DeRozan was named to the 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team. It was DeRozan’s first selection to the All-NBA team. He joined Vince Carter, Chris Bosh and Kyle Lowry as the only players in franchise history to receive the honour. DeRozan averaged a career-high 27.3 points, fifth in the NBA, a career-best 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 35.9 minute.
“we are going to have our ups and downs but as long as you grow from whatever situation we are going through and are better for the the next time around, we will be fine.”
As for the season to begin, DeRozan is like most fans he just can’t wait for it to begin. “It’s tough just waiting for the real thing, especially when you’re a competitor. I kind of let it show opening night. That’s when, as a competitor, when them lights come on, you put that jersey on, you tie them shoes up a little bit tighter than you would during the pre-season, you understand what’s at stake. That’s how I approach it.”