Want to know how this story was created?
Doug Smith breaks down the 2013-14 Raptorsby TheStar.com
Bring your visual storytelling to the next level
Add text, web link, video & audio hotspots on top of your image and 360 content.
Easy editing on desktops, tablets, and smartphones
On thinglink.com, edit images, videos and 360 photos in one place. Explore content created by others.
Use the Teleport 360 app to create interactive 360 stories and documentaries on tablets.
Use the free ThingLink app to tag camera images on smartphones and tablets.
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.
Subscribe to Thinglink Content
Once a month we will send 10 best examples of similar interactive media content that has been hand-picked by ThingLink team.