On the surface, tonight’s game between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards just looks like a battle of two struggling teams. The Raptors are 2-8 and in last place of the Atlantic Division, while the Washington Wizards are 2-6 and in last place in the Southeast. Both teams have gone through major personnel changes since the ’09-10 season, and both were expected to have uphill climbs this season.
Of course, the major difference is that the Raptors lost the face of their franchise in Chris Bosh over the summer, while the Wizards welcomed their new future when they drafted John Wall. The loss of Bosh without a significant player in return has basically ensured that the Raptors will struggle this season, and likely longer. The addition of a young player in Wall means that the Wizards may struggle this year, but their future certainly seems to be in great and capable hands.
It is quite easy for me to make grandiose, sweeping generalizations about the Toronto Raptors, because I observe the team from afar (afar, meaning I have not watched them play an entire game all season). So to get a better idea of what’s truly going with Raptors, I decided to reach out to my old editor, Mr. Ryan McNeill.
Ryan is the editor and founder of the site, HoopsAddict.com, and he has covered the Raptors with credentials for four years. He has appeared on NBA XL, ESPN Radio, The Fan 590, The Chris Townsend Show and WSRQ 1220, and he is also contributor to SLAM ONLINE.