Every Raptors fan and basketball pundit in the city of Toronto knows that the real season starts in the playoffs. That's when the team will have to prove to the league and to its own executives that the re-tooled roster is worthy of sticking together for the long haul.
It's easy to conclude that if your team is not still playing, that title contention is far away. Furthermore, to truly contend drastic changes must be considered. But I think the data tells a different story.