Toronto Raptors

The North Side has the rest of the NBA on notice, as the Raptors come off a 50-win season and are ready to roar back to the playoffs for a record fifth straight appearance.

Leading the way in Toronto’s most dominant era is All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan; recording a career high 27 points per game last season and now standing as the franchise leader in a plethora of categories, including games played (595) and points (11,456). One of the most lethal scorers, DeRozan shot out of the 2016-17 gate by becoming the first player since Michael Jordan (1986) to open a season with five consecutive 30-point games.

Along with defensive beast Surge Ibaka, the re-signing of fellow three-time All-Star KyleLowry provides key stability at both ends of the floor. As a result, one of the most dynamic backcourts in the game (Lowry and DeRozan) aims to guide the team to a fourth Atlantic Division title in five years.

Under the creative eye of former NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, newly minted GM Bobby Webster will steer the Raptors into the future with championship glory in his sightlines.

The addition of veteran guard C.J. Miles and other moves show that the team is ready to wreak havoc across the Eastern Conference and into the postseason.

Last season sophomore Norman Powell proved he was a second round draft steal from 2015, showing how the Raptors plan to grow internally is also progressing. Head coach Dwane Casey now has another young piece to mold from his defensive savvy system in first round draft pick (23rd overall) OG Anunoby.

Spread across the NORTH, the Raptors rabid fan base is ready to back their club closer to a first-ever NBA title in 2017-18.