BENCH: The Raptors bench was in the middle of the pack in scoring last season. The second unit is almost completely revamped with Fields the only real contributor back in a Toronto uniform.
Hansbrough's numbers have declined over the last two seasons and he played only 16.9 mpg with the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13. Part of the reason for the dip in time might have to do with how impressive the Pacers front line was. He's a banger and worker. He'll fit in with a team in need of size and effort.
Novak is an elite three-point shooter. There's not much else to his game.
Augustin also came over from the Pacers after a disappointing season. He averaged 4.7 ppg after three seasons in double figures with the Charlotte Bobcats. He's a good bench hand.
Fields has never posted the same numbers as his rookie season with the New York Knicks. He signed a preposterous contract with the Raptors last season and has one more year left after this one. All in all, Fields isn't a terrible guy to have on your bench. He's a decent scorer and defender.
COACHING: Casey begins his third season in the great north and his two-year tally is a meager 57-91. He hasn't made the playoffs ever as a head coach, including a stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Casey survived the offseason, but the clock is ticking loudly. The Raptors haven't made the playoffs since the 2007-08 season. Plus, Casey is not an Ujiri hire, so perhaps, if the Raptors start slowly (4-13 last season), it could be curtains for Canada's coach.
OUTLOOK: There are five sure-fire playoff teams in the Eastern Conference. A quick bit of math says there are three spots left and Toronto could easily earn one of those,
However, it might be naive to think that the Raptors have improved by four wins to reach that eighth seed from a season ago. The teams the Raps will be battling with have either stayed close to their form (Milwaukee, Atlanta) or improved some (Washington, Detroit).
If everything breaks perfectly for Toronto, the Raptors could see the postseason. Since that almost never happens, the lottery seems like the destination for the Raptors.
Even though the postseason looks slightly out of reach, Ujiri is a good man for this job. He built the Nuggets with athletes and no true superstars. Sounds familiar and Denver won a franchise-best 57 games.
Now, if Ujiri can coax George Karl to coach the Raptors...