NBA Power Rankings: The ugly
Having the Toronto Raptors place so low on these power rankings isn't so much a matter of them getting worse as it is a matter of everyone else getting much better in the offseason. Outside of the draft, the most significant roster move that the Raptors made was to essentially exchange Kyle Lowry for Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa.
Even in the draft, though, instead of opting for the safer, more NBA-ready choice in Jalen Suggs, the Raptors opted for talented but still very raw Scottie Barnes. The franchise appears to be playing the long game, which may not bode well for this season.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to secure Evan Mobley in the draft and sign Jarrett Allen to a contract extension, having the two of them share the floor is questionable in terms of fit.
This is already an issue that has come up between the Cavaliers' backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, and the team may now find themselves having to deal with virtually the same issue in the frontcourt as well. While Mobley will obviously bring gobs of talent to the Cavaliers, I don’t envision him serving as any kind of short-term fix.
Lastly comes the Orlando Magic. After sending both Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic to new teams, the Magic are now firmly in a full rebuild (including a new coach) and their record will more than likely reflect that this season.
While they had a good draft night that sent both Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner their way, this season will surely be full of growing pains for them and the rest of the team.