2020-21 NBA Power Rankings, Part 2: How High is the Raptors' Ceiling?
2020-21 NBA Power Rankings, Part 2: How High is the Raptors' Ceiling?

With the current NBA season still in a holding pattern, it's time to look ahead. We already peered into the future at the next five seasons (in podcast form), but for this exercise we're only focused on next season.

Alex Barutha and Nick Whalen collaboratively ranked each team, 1 through 30, with just one question in mind: Which team has the best chance to win the title?

Roster construction was most heavily considered, and projections were made where necessary. However, with so much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming NBA offseason, we shied away from making any major free agency or trade assumptions. The 2020 free agency class projects to be among the weakest in recent memory, anyway, so it's unlikely we see a flurry of major names on the move again as was the case last summer.

After revealing our top 10 teams last week, here are teams 11 through 20 on our list grouped into tiers:

Tier 3: Dangerous Playoff Teams

11. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were expected to take a step back in 2019-20 following the departure of Kawhi Leonard. However, the team didn't miss a beat, claiming the NBA's fourth-best simple rating, fueled by the second-best defensive rating (105.2). Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell all took major steps forward, with solid depth and great coaching able to keep the ship afloat despite plenty of injuries throughout the season.

Toronto's future is fluid. Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet are not

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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