4. Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors' win totals since Masai Ujiri returned to the team as general manager (he's also now president) in 2013: 48, 49, 56, 51, 59.

That's stability.

On Ujiri's watch, the Raps drafted Delon Wright, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl and OG Anunoby while also signing undrafted free agent Fred VanVleet. Poeltl, selected ninth, was the highest pick in that crew, and all of them are, at worst, rotation players. Anunoby and Siakam may quickly become quality starters with star potential, and VanVleet looks like an obvious heir apparent to Kyle Lowry.

It's almost unheard of to win as much as Toronto has while still filling the cupboard with tons of young talent through the draft.

And now the Raps also have Kawhi Leonard, acquired for DeMar DeRozan, Poeltl and a pick.

Parting with DeRozan stings, and it may hurt Toronto's credibility with players around the league. But Ujiri was wise to rent a top-five player however possible (and this was a no-brainer considering the modest outgoing package) and bet on the city and organizational culture turning the partnership into a long-term thing.

The Raps could easily win 60 games, make the Finals and still be set up to contend for years to come if everything breaks right.

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Heh, it's not often we get positive stuff from BR ...
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But but Masai traded away DeRozen...

Raps are good in hands, glad he doesnt emotionally get attached to assets.
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Tommy C
“...still be set up to contend for years to come if everything breaks right”.

Only if we get a top level player. While the players are good none of them has a crazy potential to be a superstar.
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