Sportsbooks have not been kind to the Toronto Raptors when it comes to the odds for the upcoming season. All of the Raptors’ players are big underdogs in the award races and the odds favour the Raptors missing the playoffs.
They lost point guard Fred VanVleet to the Houston Rockets, but picked up point guard Dennis Schroeder in free agency and guard Gradey Dick in the draft. Other than these moves, the Raptors have almost the same roster.
President Masai Ujiri , through his actions and comments, has expressed the Raptors’ desire to compete now. Everything the Raptors have done recently — trading for Jakob Poeltl, signing Poeltl to a contract extension, and signing veteran guard Schroeder — suggests the franchise is not in rebuilding mode. Minimum, the Raptors are hoping to compete for a playoff spot.