After reading many posts and reading different viewpoints, it appears we are at a dilemma.
The Raptors have surprised us with their recent play. While we cannot predict a whole season based on five games, we can all agree that they play with much more grit, will, and aggressiveness in these five games than the previous season. Dwane Casey is proving to be an effective coach for a variety of reasons and is giving the Raptors some life.
However, we have a dilemma. Some fans believe we should trash this season in order to obtain a high lottery pick. Other fans believe we should try to grind this season out and focus on the culture changes to the organization. Others believe we should win as many games as possible with no regard to the lottery. The rest fall in between these extremes.
I have been a Raptor fan all my life, but this is a special scenario. Because of previous seasons, my first reaction is to trash the season because I want the Raptors to be acquire a high lottery pick. I want them to be better than a mediocre team. Through the lottery, I hope the Raptors will acquire star talent and progress through the playoffs. I am thinking for the future. However, in highlight of recent games, I can't help but notice that the Raptors really want to win. It's surprising because, in the past, the Raptors would give up on games. When the opposition was too much, the game was a nightmare to the fans. Yet, they haven't given up on a game so far this season. The Raptors are showing a kind of determination and willingness to win that I haven't seen in years. If the players are determined to win and are trying their best, shouldn't the fans have faith in the players?
I have not highlighted my personal opinion because I want to hear what the rest of you have to say. To be honest, I keep changing my desires for this Raptors team as the season progresses, but it would be interesting to hear what the rest of you have to say.