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Raptors rotation: What it looks like now


Nothing at this point can be cast in stone but the re-made Raptors may trot out a 10-man rotation that looks like this when the 2015-16 NBA season begins.

THE STARTERS

Kyle Lowry (point guard): Needs to be the Lowry of the first 50 games last season, not the banged-up shell he was when the season ended.

DeMar DeRozan (shooting guard): Making up for lost offence will be a team-wide task but DeRozan has to do his share. And defend better.

DeMarre Carroll (small forward): The key free agent pickup, he’ll guard the best wing on the other team every night. Needs to be a 3-point threat, too.

Patrick Patterson (power forward): He’ll likely assume the Amir Johnson starting role, he’s got to get stronger to guard bigs. He’s the stretch four prototype.

Jonas Valanciunas (centre): It’s time to step up at both ends for the 7-footer. He’ll get more touches offensively but he’s got to defend pick and roll better.

THE BENCH

Cory Joseph (point guard): He’s a four-year vet with a championship pedigree known for tenacious defence. Pretty much what the doctor ordered.

Terrence Ross (shooting guard): He’ll lose his starting job to Carroll but perhaps he’ll be more consistent at both ends playing a lot against backups.

James Johnson (small forward): A bit of a roll of the dice with him but he’ll have to play a bit of three and four in a variety of smallish lineups.

Luis Scola (power forward): How much the 35-year-old has left is a legitimate question but he’s got the smarts to still be effective in spurts.

Bismack Biyombo (centre): He’s just 22 years old and likely the best rim-protecting big man they have. But offensive limitations will be an issue.

THE REST:

Delon Wright, Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira with unsigned draft picks Norman Powell and DeAndre Daniels.

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