A look into the Toronto Raptors offseason moves, and how their season may unfold.The Raptors wined and dined Steve Nash, courting him and grooming him as the saviour to Canadian hoops, in an attempt to put the franchise back in the spotlight north of the border. It all went pear shaped in 24 hours, as GM Bryan Colangelo caught wind of a potential sign and trade of Nash to their division rivals, the Knicks. No sooner had Landry Fields picked up the unemployment section of the paper, he had received an offer he couldn’t refuse from the Raptors – all because he was the ‘key piece’ the Knicks were supposedly offering the Suns for the two time MVP’s services. No Nash, no improved season, and most importantly no reason for optimism for the upcoming season. Fields is an ok rotation player and at best a glue guy, 6th man type, who will probably carve out a long career as a dependable backup. The Raptors found themselves with a point guard they – along with every other team – seemingly don’t want in Jose Calderon. They've assembled a collection of swingmen or power forwards who are all for want of a better word, ‘meh’ in their talents. They found no takers for Calderon despite offering him around like an hors d’oeuvre at a fat fighters convention, so he will most likely rot on the bench until a team gets an injury and needs a serviceable point guard, or an expiring contract. The additions all have question marks, they sound more like a boy band than an NBA team – Jonas, Kyle, Landry and Quincy. Kyle Lowry finally had the breakout season many NBA pundits had foreseen, where he got it all together only to be hit with a virus likened to a scene from Aliens that kept him on the sidelines for close to a month. I think Lowry was a vastly underrated trade – he only cost them Gary Forbes and a future 1st rounder. He penetrates, defends, can hit the three and is still yet to hit his prime at only 26 years old. The team’s future revolves around their frontcourt – namely franchise player and perennial underachiever Andrea Bargnani, and European phenom Jonas Valanciunas who was drafted 5th overall in 2011. Both are offensively gifted 7 foot Europeans, but that’s where the comparisons end. Bargnani was meant to be the second coming of Dirk, instead he’s a 7’1” shooting guard who hit less than 30% of his three point shots last season. Valanciunas on the other hand, is not your typical 7 foot stiff Euro big man; he is athletic, fast, and a very strong rebounder who won’t shy away from contact under the basket. If there’s one thing that translates from any competition to the NBA, it’s rebounding – so he will get minutes, albeit sporadically due to the likely foul trouble he’ll get himself into from being too aggressive. Unfortunately lost in the shuffle appears to be Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan, two very good athletes who both check the box for classic ‘NBA Tweener’. DeRozan is a shooting guard who plays better at small forward, and he can’t shoot outside of 15 feet. Despite being gifted with elite NBA athleticism, he has yet to improve in any area he has a weakness in – outside shooting, ball handling, and defence, and he may be running out of chances. Davis is a center following in his father Terry Davis’ footsteps – although weighing in 30lb less than Lebron James means he’s often overmatched physically down low. He has strong instincts for rebounding and shotblocking, but has been stuck behind Amir Johnson for large stretches of his career. I suspect he has a nose in front for the starting gig at center, he had a strong summer league and has bulked up since being drafted and the team will be expecting more improvement. The Raptors surprised a few people by drafting Terrence Ross out of Washington, despite needing anything but another swingman. Ross’ skillset is defence and outside shooting, so he will fill a need, but it won’t be this year. I sincerely doubt DeRozan's confidence will have been increased after the team signed Fields and drafted Ross, but maybe it’s the fire needed to make him take the all important next step in what will be his fourth pro season. Dwayne Casey returns as coach despite a mediocre 23-43 record in the shortened season, although he will have a longer leash now that the team has gone for a youth movement. Unfortunately these Raptors will get feasted on in arguably the most improved division in the East, and another season building for the future is on the cards. Projected record: 25-57, 5th Atlantic Division.