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Sports Illustrated's scouting report on all 30 NBA teams is here. What did they have to say about the Raptors?

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Over at Sports Illustrated, they've compiled a huge collection of scout reviews on all 30 NBA teams. There's a lot of gold here, but we'll just focus on what was said about the RaptorsYou can read the whole thing here.

The Raptors blurb says some obvious things to start with:

On paper they're head and shoulders above the rest of the division—but that division is the worst in the league... With Amir Johnson gone they'll use Patrick Patterson as a stretch four... By signing DeMarre Carroll [four years, $60 million] they're looking to get more athletic.

Then starts to get into some important game play analysis:

They basically have been a half-court team, grinding it out, playing inside-out. Now they want to play that small four, run it up and down, space the floor, use fewer sets and attack the rim...

Before breaking down some of the key existing and new player contributions Toronto is looking for:

Kyle Lowry had been their best player; after the break and in the playoffs he was just terrible. They needed to address that position, and I think they might have by bringing in Cory Joseph...

Luis Scola has a little bit left in his tank [at 35]. He's a great role model, and he'll bring a lot of credibility to that locker room. He leads by example. I think that was a pretty good pickup as a backup four. But then again: Luis is not a good defender."

While also mixing in some fun bits to get Raptors fans nice and agitated:

DeMar DeRozan is an All-Star, no doubt about it, but he didn't play like one last year with the [groin] injury. It's his contract year and he's in the big-money range, so I assume he'll come back in great shape...

Jonas Valanciunas needs to take another step. He's been very average since he came into the league. He's a big body, he takes up space, he can lean in and defend big guys. But they throw the ball in to him and he's not making shots. I don't think they addressed that with Bismack Biyombo, who is—I don't want to say awful, but he's got the worst hands in the league...

Woo. Let's get this season started.

What do you guys think?