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Masai Ujiri Would Be A Good Choice

As it is commonly known, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo is currently on the hot seat, and doesn't have very long until his tenure with the Raptors is over. So of course, one thing the Raptors need to do is find a good replacement. One very possible replacement is the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri.

Masai Ujiri was the VP in charge of basketball operations for the Nuggets from 2010 to this past season. I think he would be a perfectly good fit for the Raptors.

Ever since the Toronto Raptors became an NBA team, they have had a lot of trouble maintaining star players. Damon Stoudamire? He was traded to the Trail Blazers after his third season. Tracy McGrady? While he wasn't much of a star in Toronto, he expressed that he wanted to play in his home state of Florida, and became a scoring champion in Orlando (after three seasons as well). Vince Carter? Well, he lasted 6 seasons and then... Chris Bosh? He lasted 7 seasons and... there goes ANOTHER star player! And ever since Bosh left, we haven't really had a star player. Okay, maybe you could call Rudy Gay a star player, but he's not Chris Bosh or Vince Carter caliber.

So, the Raptors are in a tough situation. They have a pretty bad history with star players, and they're in a half-rebuild stage, with some players in their prime, and some players 19 years old. So, what's the one team this season that had success, and didn't have a real star player? Perhaps the most successful team, not most successful three players and a video game character (ahem, Miami), are the Denver Nuggets!

Since Masai Ujiri took the job as VP in charge of basketball operations in the Nuggets organization, they have gone for quite a ride. In Ujiri's time in Denver, they made the big trade, sending Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Corey Brewer and a couple of throw-ins, and got Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Anthony Randolph, a 2014 draft pick, Eddy Curry and Wilson Chandler. No one really lost the deal. It was a win-win situation, which has become a rarity in the NBA. So basically, Ujiri helped put together a team that uses no star player, but is instead run by a group of team players. Which is exactly what the Raptors need.

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