The Raptors head into a critical summer riding a wave of disappointment with one huge question dogging them:
What of Chris Bosh?
Everything they need to do to remove the stench of a 40-42 season will be predicated on whether Bosh, who will become a free agent in July, stays or leaves.
He's not saying, which is understandable, but it also has to be frustrating.
General manager Bryan Colangelo needs to address a lack of athleticism at the shooting guard and small forward positions because Toronto was continually exposed by strong, slashing wings who were able to get past Hedo Turkoglu or DeMar DeRozan with alarming frequency.
And if Bosh goes, there is a huge void at power forward, although Colangelo remains certain a sign-and-trade transaction will help him fill that hole.
The other area that needs to be addressed is point guard, where Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack split time. The trouble is, they are similar in style and talent, which meant that neither became the clear-cut starter and a debate raged over who the No. 1 guy should be. Having a regular floor leader would go a long way to clearly establishing a backcourt hierarchy and taking any debate out of the issue.
The play of five-time all-star Chris Bosh was exemplary and showed again why he is so valuable to the franchise. The 26-year-old posted his highest scoring average (24.0 points per game) and also averaged 10.8 rebounds, putting him in the top 10 in each category in the league.
The Raptors reached the All-Star break with a 29-23 record and were firmly ensconced in fifth place in the conference and even had designs on catching Boston in the Atlantic Division. It all went horribly awry right when Bosh turned an ankle and missed six games and Toronto lost 10 of 13 to begin a freefall to its ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.
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