Here are our top three storylines for the 2017-18 Toronto Raptors, along with an invitation for you to weigh in on how each will play out.
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Is another 50-win season on the horizon for the Raptors? In the weak Eastern Conference, Toronto easily ranks among the top teams.
Toronto is about $4 million over the projected 2018-19 luxury tax counting only 10 players. Trading Valanciunas is their most realistic way to limbo again, but what can the Raptors get for the 25-year-old?
Both members of the Raptors' dynamic backcourt duo -- DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry -- can make a case for the award, but how do their credentials stack up to their peers?
How much OG Anunoby will be able to help the Raptors this season remains to be seen, but the fact that he is already playing considerable preseason minutes is an encouraging sign.
While Lucas Nogueira is buried on the Raptors' depth chart, Bruno Caboclo remains very much an unknown quantity at age 22.
The Raptors have averaged 52 wins the past three seasons but are still just one star short.
Adding Norman Powell's four-year, $42 million extension could have luxury tax implications for the Raptors in 2018-19.
The remade Celtics have a lot to prove before we bump them into the hallowed tier above that includes the Cavaliers. Meanwhile, the Wizards and Raptors are in a similar boat.
Guard K.J. McDaniels or forward Alfonzo McKinnie could be waived to ensure the Raptors start the season under the luxury tax line.
Raptors guard Norman Powell, the 46th overall pick in the 2015 draft who averaged 8.4 points last season, has agreed to a $42 million extension through the 2021-22 season.
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Toronto now has $124M in guaranteed contracts for 2018-19 after the Norman Powell extension.
Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet are competing for the Toronto Raptors' main backup point guard role during the preseason.
The average NBA fan's best reason to tune in to Toronto games this season might be if Norman Powell dials it up to 11 again.
Toronto rookie OG Anunoby, the No. 23 pick in the draft, suffered a right knee injury in January and underwent season-ending surgery.