Yes absolutely 100% the Leafs were great to watch last year while the Raps were depressing as hell to watch. The Leafs actually have some young star and perhaps even superstar potential players that we can see grow and become a vital part of perhaps future cup contending teams. On the otherhand with the Raps we get to see them beating up on a ton of weak teams in the league and also we unfortunately get to see the Raps play ALOT of mediocre to horrible basketball where we barely beat teams that we should be dominating. That's why the Raps 51 wins in the regular season doesn't mean much when we can't even pull a Cavs or GSW and actually dominate weaker opposition and beat them convincingly and consistently. And those 51 wins mean NOTHING when we continually get bent over and raped in the playoffs by the one team that actually isn't a pushover and provides the Raps real competition and instead of rising to the occasion we wither and die.pintobean wrote: ↑Jul 6th, 2017 4:32 amLast season, the Leafs only won 40 out of 82 games, had the 14th-best regular season record out of 30 teams, squeaked into the playoffs on the last day of the year, and then got eliminated in 6 games.
Meanwhile, even though both their star players went down with injuries for extended periods, the Raptors won 51 out of 82 games, tied for the 6th-best regular season record out of 30 teams, and then advanced to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by one of the greatest players in NBA history.
But in your eyes the Leafs are an exciting team to watch and the Raptors are a mediocre treadmill team? Seriously?
So yes the Leafs are INFINITELY more exciting and fun to watch than the sad sack Raps led by a moronic and useless coach. This is why the hype for the Raps in the playoffs has dropped off dramatically in the past couple of seasons because people are finally waking up and seeing that the Raps are frauds. And its why fewer and fewer people even bother to show up in Maple Leafs Square/Jurassic Park anymore for the playoffs because they're tired and frustrated with seeing the same crap happen year after year.
Compare that to when the Leafs played and how jammed packed the square was and even outside of it for each and every playoff game. That's how it use to be for the Raps, but not anymore.
As I said, the Leafs are gathering a very good young core that they can build around and become serious contenders in a few years, what do Raps fans have to look forward to? More crappy, stupid Casey basketball that wins us 50 games because everyone else sucks so much and then more losses to the Cavs in the playoffs whether it be in the 2nd round like this past season or the conference finals the season before. Yeah can't wait for that....,But the Leafs are the more exciting team? And the Raptors are on a treadmill? Come on! That's not fair!
Don't get me wrong, I love the Leafs! But I think we're lucky to have 2 exciting teams to watch. Don't put down the Raptors!
And this is preciously why NOW would be a good time to tank or at least do a significant rebuild because we have no hope of beating these super teams and the only way we can get top young talent is through the draft. It seems many if not most of the top players in the league don't want to come play in Toronto for the Raps so what do we do then other than being stuck at being good but not great? Its time to start over and get our own potential star player(s) through the draft as its pretty damn clear that Demar and Lowry aren't ever going to carry us far in the playoffs and its just dumb continue running with them rather than biting the bullet and starting over now rather than later.pintobean wrote: ↑Jul 6th, 2017 1:37 pmI agree that basketball has become predictable, even boring, now that superstar players are taking pay cuts so they can form super teams and almost guarantee themselves a trip to the finals. But until the NBA brings in a hard cap like the NHL, what can you do? The Raptors could send out the Raptors905 roster and tank away the whole season in order to win the first draft pick, but is that going to make us better than GSW or Cleveland that already have some of the best players in the NBA on their roster?