The Raptors are currently in the midst of their longest stretch of sustained success in franchise history. Behind Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan they have averaged 51 wins per season the last four years. Unfortunately, like all of the Eastern Conference, their ceiling is limited by LeBron James. So as they enter the fifth year of likely being good but not good enough to break out of the East, is there a growing malaise among the Toronto fan base? Has this version of the Raptors run its course? How is success going to be defined for them this season?
To help answer these questions, William Lou (@william_lou) joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. William writes for The Score, co-hosts The Defeated Podcast and covers the Raptors at RaptorsRepublic.com. In addition to discussing the merits of a “Championship or Bust” mentality, the following topics are covered:
- Despite not having Finals hopes, could Toronto still end up as the top seed in the playoffs for the Eastern Conference?
- Is Lowry consciously taking a backseat to DeRozan?
- It seems like any one who fills in for Jonas Valanciunas is immediately very popular. Is this backup quarterback syndrome or something more nefarious?
- Which of the young bench players are most needed to immediately contribute?
- Vince Carter: sworn enemy or national hero?
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