No. 103: Toronto Raptors

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 7, 2012, 12:02 PM ET
By Eddie Matz | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 116
Title track: 111
Ownership: 104
Coaching: 40
Players: 109
Fan relations: 93
Affordability: 105
Stadium experience: 83
Bang for the buck: 105

The good news for Raptors rooters? GM Bryan Colangelo finally got rid of ineffectual head coach Jay Triano after 229 games and replaced him with defensive-minded Dwane Casey, under whom the team's field goal percentage allowed dropped from 48.2 to 43.5 this past season. "Finally, a move the Raps can be proud of," says cbssports.com user Xfactor09. The hire was so popular that fans helped the team's coaching number soar 76 spots (from 116 to 40), the fourth-largest bench bump in our rankings. The bad news? Being a Dino diehard means accepting that A) Charles Barkley is on record as saying that your team would lose to a college squad; B) Your team did lose -- at home, no less -- to a pathetic Charlotte club that came in having dropped 16 in a row and went on to become the worst team in NBA history; C) Your team is so offensively challenged that, win or lose, whenever the Raptors manage to score 100 points, a local pizza chain gives away free slices; and D) Your team still has just one playoff series win in its entire history. Good luck, Coach Casey.