Hear me out. The 2000/2001 Raptors were the best team the franchise has ever seen. Vince was at the top of his game but there was something about everyone else around him. Pretty much every player on that team was a grinder. They hustled and worked hard. They had a tough attitude too. It was the most fun I ever had watching the Raptors play.
The team we have now seems to be moving in that direction. Lowry, Valanciunas, Amir, Anderson, Acy, Ed, Demar and hell even Fields as of late have all been been playing a strong game this year.
Valanciunas, Ed and Amir are constantly getting in the paint, pushing defenders around and for Amir especially as of late, finishing strong. Quincy Acy has shown that in limited time he can be a banger down low. But he also possesses a talent that no other player like him really does. He can shoot free throws! So when he gets fouled while cleaning up the offensive glass, he can still get the points from the line. If he can just learn to be patient on D and not foul as much I think we'll have a really great player coming off the bench in Acy.
Anderson is reminding me of Mo Pete a lot right now. Constantly running and just giving it 100% on every play.
Lowry has been looking like Alvin Williams except only with a better offensive game.
Demar has just been hustling like no one else all year too. Even through all the no calls he's been seeing he hasn't shown any signs of giving it up.
Now there's Terrence Ross. It's all starting to become clear why we drafted him. He is supposed to be our new Vince Carter. Not Demar, T. Ross. He's got speed, he's got the shot and he makes it all look so smooth. He needs to develop more off the dribble but I definitely can see him being able to do it.
In closing, I'm not saying this team right now is as good as the 2000/2001 squad. I'm saying it appears to me that we're aiming to create a similar team.