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Andrea Bargnani looking legit qualifies as one of the top 10 biggest surprises of the NBA season, according to Fox Sports.

The City blog has seen Bargnani surge into the top five of its PSAMS (Position- and Shot-Adjusted Marginal Scoring) on the strength of a great mid-range rating.

Hardwood Paroxysm draws a favourable comparison between Il Mago and former MVP Dirk Nowitzki. Based on their respective starts this year, the comparison no longer elicits fits of laughter.

How do the Toronto Raptors stack up in the latest power rankings? Find out after the jump...

The Raptors rank just behind the Boston Celtics in the latest edition of SB Nation's NBA Power Rankings. In previous seasons, that would be a great thing. This season? Not so much.

Dropping three spots, the Dinos find themselves sitting at 24 in Mark Stein's NBA Power Rankings.

ESPN's John Hollinger has the Raptors ranked a spot lower, in between the likes of the New Orleans Hornets and the Brooklyn New Jersey Nets.