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Doug Smith breaks down the 2013-14 Raptorsby TheStar.com
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Kyle Lowry, point guard, 6-0, 209 pounds: Veteran point guard, in last year of his contract, has to establish himself as a leader and a defensive presence.
DeMar DeRozan, shooting guard, 6-7, 217 pounds: Was by far the team’s best player in pre-season, has to continue the evolution of his game in fifth season.
Rudy Gay, small forward, 6-8, 230 pounds: Veteran will be asked to be one of the team’s closers and he’s shown over his career a wllingness to take the big shots.
Amir Johnson, centre/forward, 6-9, 237 pounds: Defensive anchor isn’t flashy but his work ethic rubs off on teammates and coaches love how he competes each game.
Jonas Valanciunas, centre, 7-0, 257 pounds: Second-year big man is seen as a key part of the franchise's future and needs to improve in all facets from his rookie campaign.
D.J. Augustin, point guard, 6-0, 183 pounds: Must become a productive scorer off the bench, someone to spark backup unit with three-point shooting.
Terrence Ross, shooting guard, 6-7, 197 pounds: Inconsistency marred his rookie season, gifted youngster has to become a basketball player rather than just a great athlete.
Landry Fields, shooting guard/small forward, 6-7, 214 pounds: Coming off disastrous season that included nerve surgery on his arm, is one of the smartest players on the roster, which makes him invaluable.
Tyler Hansbrough, forward, 6-9, 250 pounds: Has the kind of truculence and belligerance that’s been missing from the Raptors for years, the free agent acquisition to temper aggression and avoid needless fouls.
Steve Novak, forward, 6-10, 235 pounds: Has to provide much-neeed three point shooting in a backup role, he’s a specialist who could turn out to be valuable.
Julyan Stone, guard, 6-6, 196 pounds: Made team out of training camp, he's capable of defending multiple positions which makes him a favourite of the coaches.
Dwight Buycks, point guard, 6-3, 190 pounds: Will battle for backup point guard minutes primarily because he’s a quick and capable defender, likely destined for inactive list time.
Quincy Acy, forward, 6-7, 233 pounds: A typical “tweener” without a true position, he’ll have to beat out Hansbrough for backup frontcourt minutes.
Austin Daye, forward, 6-11, 200 pounds: A shooter not quite at the Novak level, he has to get a bit bigger to be able to handle big man defensive assignments. Good insurance policy.
Aaron Gray, centre, 7-0, 270 pounds: Veteran big man may spend a large chunk of season on inactive or at end of bench but has shown he can fill in adequately whenever he been asked to.
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