The major Toronto sports teams all started 2013 with a lot of promise.
The Maple Leafs were knocking on the playoff door, the Blue Jays had made their big off season splash, the Raptors brought in Rudy Gay and the Argos had won the Grey Cup.
As a city we all had hope – but it didn’t last.
Here’s a look back at the year that was for the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors didn’t have high expectations for 2013 yet managed to disappoint anyways. That’s actually kind of impressive.
Rudy Gay came to Toronto with a lot of hype as part of a three team deal. He set the franchise record for most points in his first three games with 74.
Rudy Gay has recorded franchise-best 74 points in first three games w/ #Raptors Kyle Lowry had mark w/ 71 points in his first three.
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) February 7, 2013
The Rudy Gay experiment didn’t end up working though. While in Toronto Gay shot below his career averages in field goals and three pointers.
Once the Raptors failed to make the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, it became publicized that Rudy Gay has vision problems that obviously affect his ability to shoot a basketball.
In the off season Bryan Colangelo was replaced as GM by Masai Ujiri. Ujiri quickly traded failed first overall pick Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks before deciding to rebuild the Raptors.
With the Raptors sitting at a .350 winning %, Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings.
Now the rumour mill has Ujiri in talks with the Knicks to trade Kyle Lowry and any other piece that wasn’t born in Lithuania.
Considering just a year ago the Raptors we’re hoping to sneak into the playoffs to now looking at a rebuild, 2013 wasn’t a good year to be a Raptors fan.
Despite that, the Raptors are in first place in the woeful Atlantic with a 13-15 record. With the injury to Atlanta Hawks centre Al Horford (torn pectoral) the Raptors could possibly be the third best team in the conference.
Despite a possible rebuild looming over their heads, the Raptors are bringing hope to Toronto fans once again, right?
Honestly, it’s hard to say. Somehow the Raptors are only 5-8 at home and yet last week they went on the road and beat Oklahoma City and Dallas.
While they are the four seed in the East right now, they’re only two games up on ninth place Chicago.
And that’s ignoring the obvious that the Raptors have no chance against either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.
So it’s possible 2014 will see a much needed return to the playoffs and renewed hope in the fanbase. Of course it’s also possible that the team misses the playoffs yet also misses out on any of the studs in the draft.
Safe to say the outlook is fairly cloudy.
But in the case of the 2013 season fan reactions were simple to see. From hope to nope.