The Raptors have had a reputation of being a very uncoordinated team for as long as any one can remember. Even though many franchise and hall of fame players like Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Damon Stoudemire have played for Toronto, they never seem to do well. All of that could change in 2014. The players, the fans and the coaches might have found a way to be successful in the future.
The Raptors have and had a very multicultural roster which represents the population of Canada as a whole. This is the biggest reason that this franchise has one of the largest fan bases in the world. Players from all over Europe, South America and the United States have all contributed to the Raptors organization and continue do to so today. The Raptors currently have one player from Europe and one player from South America. The others played in various parts of the United States. In the 2011-2012 basketball season, half of the roster was from countries other than the U.S.
This season, Toronto is playing the best basketball it has since 2009. They're on a five game win streak and have won the last 10 of their 12 games. They've beaten the most threatening clubs in the league this year including Oklahoma City, Chicago, Indiana, New York and Los Angeles. In the last five games their point guard is averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 10.2 assists and 1.4 steals. Also, before trading Rudy Gay, this team was averaging about 15 assists per game. After the trade, Kyle Lowry himself is averaging 10 assists and the team is averaging over 23 per game.
Fans can't get too excited because this team still has a little bit of rebuilding to do and the biggest competition of all is Sunday night in Miami. If Toronto beats the Heat, then the league really has to consider Toronto as a contender and the Raptors fans will finally get what they wanted for a very long time: a winning team.