May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (middle) hoists the conference championship trophy after defeating the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena as Shane Battier (left) and Lebron James (right) celebrate. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors Eastern Conference Preview: Introduction

Sizing Up the 2014-15 Eastern Conference’s Potential

Who is the Eastern Conference favourite going into next season? Many experts can’t answer this simple question, but more importantly, from a Toronto sports perspective, we must wonder, where do our Toronto Raptors rank? They should return to the playoffs, yes, but where from there? Can they go even further than last season?

With LeBron James leaving Miami, almost everybody in the East seems to have a chance in the 2014-15 season. Ah, yes: parity. Well, mostly everyone has a chance… perhaps omitting Milwaukee from the conversation, but even they must be more excited than last year (everything is relative, right?). But “mostly everybody” has a strong case for their team. Maybe we should review the competition in order of how they finished last season to get a better sense of where our Raptors and the other Eastern Conference teams look going into the season?

Moving forward, this column will be a regular feature looking at the NBA’s 2014-15 Eastern Conference and projecting the finish of each team so be sure to return soon and often!

Part 1: Recap of Last Season for the Raptors

Part 2: A Look at the Indiana Pacers Heading into Next Season

Part 3: A Look at the Miami Heat Heading into Next Season

Part 4: A Look at the Toronto Raptors Heading into Next Season

Part 5: A Look at the Chicago Bulls Heading into Next Season

Part 6: A Look at the Washington Wizards Heading into Next Season

Part 7: A Look at the Brooklyn Nets Heading into Next Season

Part 8: A Look at the Charlotte Hornets Heading into Next Season

Part 9: A Look at the Atlanta Hawks Heading into Next Season

Part 10: A Look at the New York Knicks Heading into Next Season

Part 11: A Look at the Cleveland Cavaliers Heading into Next Season

Part 12: Conclusion to the Series

(Editor’s Note: Technical issues prevented us from running the series on time. We apologize for the delay.)

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