|Date/Time||Event & Venue/City|
|Oct 5, 2014
|Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings||
|Oct 17, 2014
|Preseason: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors||
|Oct 24, 2014
|Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks||
Toronto’s biggest acquisition in the offseason might have been its general manager. But he’s not going to yield many wins, not this NBA season.
So the Raptors appear to be stuck right where they always are: a team just hoping to make the playoffs and not much else. This might explain why fans aren’t filling Air Canada Centre seats like they used to. According to Forbes, Raptors ticket sales are down 2,600 per game from the 2007-2008 season. The good news? Toronto has recognized this and you can purchase cheap Raptors tickets, as the team slashed prices by as much as 40 percent.
And that might be a steal. Although the Raptors (34-48 last season) aren’t expected to compete for the Atlantic Division title, they should be exciting. Toronto boasts current NBA Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross, as well as Demar DeRozan (2nd in 2010) and Rudy Gay (4th in 2008). With those high flyers, Raptors tickets should sell as fans line up to fill the 19,800 Air Canada Centre seats.
DeRozan is a player to watch. The 6-7 guard averaged 18.1 points per game and in his fifth year, he’ll only get better. If he can improve his 3-point shooting (28%), he’ll be a nightmare to stop. Teams can’t focus solely on DeRozan since the Raptors picked up Gay in a midseason trade. Gay, whose game is similar to DeRozan, led the Raptors in scoring with 19.5 in his 33 games with the team. Gay is a streaky shooter, but he might be more consistent after undergoing eye surgery to correct his poor vision.
Center Jona Valanciunas is an intriguing project. The Lithuanian-born center struggled early in his rookie season, but finished the year strong, as did the Raptors who went 7-3 in their last 10 games, including winning the last five. Ross, Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry should be key contributors along with Tyler Hansbrough and Steve Novak. New general manager Masai Ujiri hopes that Hansbrough will add some toughness to the lineup and Novak is a 3-point specialist (44.5% the last two seasons) who will open up the floor. Ujiri also got rid of former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani, a move that will clear salary space for next season.
The Raptors may not be a top tier team, but they have pieces to compete and with their athleticism, they’ll be fun to watch. With three of the best dunkers in the game, one of the best sharpshooters off the bench and a little attitude from “Psycho T,” there’s no reason to not purchase Raptors tickets - especially those cheap Raptors tickets.