Raptors - The Real Deal or Not?

There are a few teams early in this NBA season that look to be the real deal.

We all know Golden State are the real deal, they’re rolling to a 10-1 record and seemingly having the time of their lives in doing so.  We all saw the fun they were having on Klay Thompson’s record-breaking night.

Over in the East, the Toronto Raptors are once again setting the bar high in the regular season, but we’ve seen this before from them.

Is it different this year for Toronto? They’ve never had a superstar like Kawhi Leonard before (yes, they had DeRozan who was very good but in fairness not on the same level), now this team finally looks legit. They look locked in. The extremely under rated acquisition of Danny Green has gone under the radar. They’ll have an Eastern Conference finals position locked up and will have that with home court advantage come seasons end!

Milwaukee are rolling along nicely (well above expectations) in the early part of the season. Giannis has of course been brilliant, but the pick up of Brook Lopez (paying him scraps) has worked wonders for them. They’ll be there about at the end of the season, but don’t believe they’re the real deal and have enough to beat the likes of Toronto, Boston and Philly in a 7-game series.

Denver currently are going toe to toe with the Warriors at the top of the Western Conference standings. For years this Nuggets team has been a fringe playoff team, but it finally looks like they’ll have themselves in the thick of things come the back end of the season.

Nikola Jokic is just a load to deal with and can seemingly score when ever he wants to, but this team will go as far as their young guards can take them. Harris and Murray can be inconsistent, but when you get them on a good night especially on their home court, good luck beating them. They’re the real deal this season.

The Sacramento Kings are currently in the top 8 out West. That’s not an error on your screen, they’re currently over .500 after 10 games this season. Sorry Kings fans, your team is not the real deal and they’ll fall off the pace soon enough, but a good feel story nevertheless for a team who’s been battling for years now.

The Lakers are currently below .500, but it’s not time to hit the panic button. They’ll get better through out the season, but they’re not the real deal.

Unless the Lakers make a move for another star this season, LeBron won’t be reaching the Western Conference finals. The team is still incredibly young and believe we won’t be seeing the best basketball for these LeBron led Lakers until next season. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Dave Bauk.


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