Brad Stevens has quickly become one of the more well-respected minds in the basketball world, so when he talks, people around the NBA listen.

Even after adding Kawhi Leonard, a lot of people haven’t really taken the Raptors seriously, because of how they ended last season and the question marks surrounding Kawhi coming to Toronto, but Brad Stevens felt a little differently. He explained how he felt about the trade and made it pretty clear that he sees them as the team to beat in the East.

Ever since the day that Kawhi was traded, things keep getting better and better for the Raptors and their team is clearly looking scary to opposing teams.

With a healthy Kawhi, this team will be able to play defense at a level few in the league can match.