The Toronto Raptors opted to stand out this season. But why could the Raps, a 48-win outfit, go things that weren’t broken? Kyle Lowry got a contract of four years and $48 million, which assured pace-setter and the team’s leader will return. Once the ink was dry on this deal, the Raps knew they could sit back and bank on growth last February from the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas , the latter having made his initial All-Star Game. There’s still some young intrigue on the roster stable though the Raptors are. Virtual unidentified Bruno Caboclo has been Toronto’s surprise first-round choice, and nobody’s quite sure how good that the 19-year-old Brazilian might become. Lucas”Bebe” Nogueira, 22, joined the Raps via commerce in June, and he’s another potential-packed potential. And though he’s not close to being a major contributor on the floor, Nogueira is handling the adjustment to his new team in stride, based on Eric Koreen of the National Post:”Regardless, you get the sense that if Nogueira was at the center of Siberia without a fall of Russian from his repertoire, he’d still be smiling, laughing and just generally being loud.” In sum, the Raptors did a nice job of maintaining a status quo that is prosperous whilst injecting just exciting possibility to get some upside. And no, I can’t explain their chances are low as the Knicks’. Read more: