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Toronto Raptors Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NBA Season

Toronto Raptors Last Season Performance

The Raptors finished the 2022-23 season with a 41-41 record, placing ninth in the Eastern Conference to qualify for the Play-In tournament for the first time. Despite earning the higher seed and leading by 19 points at one point, Toronto fell 109-105 to Chicago to miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Toronto Raptors Key Additions

The Raptors’ two biggest offseason additions are Dennis Schroder and Jalen McDaniels.

After spending his second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year deal, Schroder signed a two-year, $26 million contract with Toronto in the offseason. The Raptors will be hoping his experience at the point guard position will help replace the departed Fred VanVleet. Schroder averaged 12.6 points and 4.5 assists last season on 41.5% shooting.

McDaniels was also signed to a two-year, $9.3 million deal and will look to bring his versatility on defense and 3-point shooting to the Raptors. McDaniels spent time with Charlotte and Philadelphia last season, averaging 8.7 points a game and 36.1% from beyond the arc while securing four rebounds a game.

Toronto also made one addition in the 2023 NBA Draft, signing Gradey Dick out of Kansas. In his one season with the Jayhawks, Dick averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals on 44.2% shooting and 40.3% from 3-point range.

Toronto Raptors Key Subtractions

The Raptors’ biggest loss in the offseason is guard Fred VanVleet, who spent seven seasons with Toronto before moving to Houston. VanVleet was a strong leadership presence for Toronto and an important part of its championship run in 2019, where he averaged 11 points and 4.8 assists a game on 41 % shooting. VanVleet finished his last season with the Raptors second on the team, averaging 19.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists a game on 39.3% shooting.

Toronto also lost Dalano Banton and Will Barton in the offseason, who averaged 4.6 and 4.5 points a game respectively last season.

Toronto Raptors Head Coach Analysis

Following their loss in the Play-In game, the Raptors announced they fired head coach Nick Nurse after five seasons.

Toronto found its new head coach in Darko Rajakovic, who previously spent the last three seasons as the Grizzlies’ assistant coach, where he focused on player development and will continue to do so with the Raptors. Rajakovic also served time as an assistant coach for both Oklahoma City and under Monty Williams in Phoenix.

Toronto Raptors Team Strength

The Raptors’ defense was one of the best in the NBA last season, ranking fourth in the league, allowing 111.4 points a game on 49.1% shooting.

Toronto led the league in steals with 9.4 a game, while its 15.9 forced turnovers were second in the NBA. O.G. Anunoby was a key reason for that, with his versatility on defense and ability to guard some of the opposing teams’ top players helping him earn a spot in the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Anunoby’s 1.9 steals a game led the league, and he should be primed and ready for another strong season in 2023-24, looking to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team, while Toronto re-signing Jakob Poeltl should bode well after he led the team with 1.3 blocks a game while also adding 1.2 steals a game.

Toronto Raptors Team Weakness

The Raptors were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league last season, ranking in the bottom three after shooting 33.5% from beyond the arc.

Toronto’s best 3-point shooter is Anunoby, who finished last season shooting 38.7% from the 3-point mark, and though the Raptors tried to address the issue in the draft – drafting one of the best shooters in Dick – numbers from Summer League aren’t promising.

Dick shot 40.3% from beyond the arc in college, and though it remains to be seen if that can translate to the professional game, it takes time to adjust to the NBA level. The Raptors also struggled from the arc in Summer League, shooting 21.3% as a team from long distance to finish last in the league, while Dick went 29.6% from deep in five games.

Relying on a rookie to improve one of their biggest weaknesses was a big ask, so the Raptors also signed McDaniels in hopes that he would bring his 3-point shooting to Toronto. Otto Porter Jr., who averages 39.7% from three, should also return and help improve the numbers after playing just eight games last season, but the team may still have some shooting woes in 2023.

Toronto Raptors Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

There wasn’t much the Raptors did in the offseason in terms of improvement, instead losing one of their longest-tenured players and signing a journeyman in hopes of replacing him.

Toronto is also undergoing a 2023-24 season of transition with a new head coach in Rajakovic. And while he preaches player development, it takes more than just one offseason to see some of those changes pay off.

Scottie Barnes is a promising young player who should help the Raptors win some games, while the Raptors electing not to trade Pascal Siakam should pay off as well. NBA lines have Toronto winning around 36 games, but if Siakam can continue to produce and Barnes takes another step forward, the Raptors should win a few more than that.

However, the East has proven to be tough recently, and with the changes Toronto is undergoing, missing the playoffs again via the Play-In tournament doesn’t seem all that unlikely.

Toronto Raptor FAQ’s

Who is the Toronto Raptors’ head coach?

The Raptors new head coach is Darko Rajakovic.

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Have the Raptors ever won the championship?

Toronto’s lone NBA championship came in the 2018-2019 NBA season.

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Will Toronto make the playoffs in the 2023-24 season?

The Raptors are going through some change this 2023-24 season with a new coach, and with a tough Eastern conference, NBA odds don’t have them making the postseason in the 2023-24 season.

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When did the Raptors last make the playoffs?

Toronto last made the NBA playoffs in the 2021-22 season, where it fell in the opening round.

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