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Previewing the Toronto Raptors heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Raptors’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Kyle Lowry #7 and Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors talk during the game against the Boston Celtics during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on September 11, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Toronto Raptors failed to defend their title after losing Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason but are built to make another deep playoff run. While Toronto lost some key role players, it paid up to keep Fred VanVleet alongside Kyle Lowry. Four of the Raptors’ five starters from last season will maintain their spots, but the center position appears to be up for grabs. Here we’re going to take a look at the Raptors’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Malachi Flynn, PG (draft)
Aron Baynes, C (free agency)
DeAndre Bembry, SG (free agency)

Key losses

Serge Ibaka, PF/C (free agency)
Marc Gasol, C (free agency)

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +2000
Win percentage: O/U 57.5
Pascal Siakam MVP odds: +1000
Kyle Lowry MVP odds: +15000
Pascal Siakam DPOTY odds: +6000
Kyle Lowry DPOTY odds: +8000

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Kyle Lowry, Malachi Flynn, Fred VanVleet
SG: Fred VanVleet, Terence Davis, Patrick McCaw
SF: OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, DeAndre’ Bembry
PF: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher
C: Aron Baynes, Chris Boucher, Alex Len

Roster battles

Backup G: Terence Davis vs. Malachi Flynn
6th man: Norman Powell vs. Chris Boucher

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Chris Boucher — Boucher has a clear path to significant minutes now that Gasol and Ibaka are long gone. The Raptors thrive when it comes to developing players and Boucher could be in for a breakout year. The 2019 G League MVP and DPOY can score on all three levels, rebound, and protect the rim. I expect Boucher to split center minutes down the middle with Baynes. The 27-year old has a much higher fantasy ceiling than the newcomer.

Likely Bust

Norman Powell — Powell nearly doubled his points per game between 2018-19 and last year but was able to ramp up his production because of injuries. I’m not saying there’s no way Toronto will be banged up again this season, but Anunoby will likely be among the team leaders in minutes. I don’t see Powell averaging close to 29 minutes per game for a second straight year.