Canadafan wrote:thesack12 wrote:Invictus88 wrote:
Right, but you seem to be completely discounting the great positive effects that Kawhi and the personnel moves afterward had. By your previous statement you seem to be implying (by omission) that it was solely the subtraction of Casey and DeMar that vaulted Toronto to a championship. But there were other huge factors involved.
I'm not discounting the other moves they made.
Ask yourself this, why did Toronto make such moves? The answer is because Toronto had reached its ceiling with Casey and DeRozan, and thus thought they were better off without them. As it turned out, they were exactly right.
When a team improves after somebody prominent leaves, its not hard to make correlations that the team was being held back by them. Toronto was a poor playoff team during the Casey era, they disappointed year in/year out after solid regular season records.
Its also worth noting that Toronto fired Casey 2 months before trading for Kawhi. So its pretty obvious, that the Raps wanted to move on from Dwane even if they were just going to run it back with the same roster.
Besides, the bigger point here is if Toronto's ceiling with Casey/DeRozan was limited. So if they were both in Detroit, why should we expect bigger things? Especially considering the Pistons have a worse roster/talent base than those Raptors team had, and the eastern conference is currently a lot stronger overall than it was then.
I'm more of the thought that Lebronto owned Toronto thus making them underachieve in the playoffs. And then they got historically lucky in the finals this year
Raptors lost to the Nets in the first round of 13-14, and got swept by the Wizards in first round of 15-16.