"Why are we wasting our careers playing with these shitbags?"
The NBA regular season is long. No team escapes the brutal wear-and-tear of the 82-game schedule without sustaining an injury to one of their starters. When this (invariably) happens, bench guys are thrust into unfamiliar roles and called upon to replace the production of the missing starter. Depth is important, especially in the regular season.
Unfortunately, the Raptors have no real depth.
Our bench is like my toolbox; it's a cluttered mess of spare parts and semi-functional tools. If everyone's healthy, the parts actually fit together quite nicely. The pieces compliment each other. They have defined, and rather successful role players.
Novak and Daye are great spot-up shooters that can stretch the floor. Unfortunately, they'll also butcher the defense when they're in the game. They can't really be called upon to produce in a capacity beyond spot-up shooting.
Conversely, guys like Hansbrough and Acy are only good for rebounding and defense (questionable). They won't produce much on the offensive end (despite Hansbrough shooting lots of free throws), and they will invariably clog the paint, forcing our wing players to settle for long jumpers, which is a terrible result (Gay and DD are poor shooters from long range and three-pointers).
Then you have the sure-handed, spot-up shooting backup point-guard in DJ Augustin. He'll avoid turnovers and he'll give you some spot-up shooting, but that's about it. He literally can't do anything else. I don't know enough about Dwight Buycks to say anything definitive. Maybe he can do something. I doubt it.
Finally, you have the Ying/Yang twins (not these guys; I wish) in Landry Fields and Quentin Richardson (if he's not bought out). Landry gives you defense and excellent rebounding, but unless his shot comes back, he'll be limited to cutting (which sounds morbid). Conversely, Richardson can hit the three...and nothing else.
My point here is, if one of the starters go down with injury, the Raptors are basically fucked.
Now, this can be said for many franchises. For example, what the hell do the Pacers do if Paul George goes down (with injury; I'm sure he's a caring lover)? Or what do the Heat do if Wade misses a month (because his Lucille Bluth loafers caused him to slip over his own-self awareness)?
The difference is that the Pacers and Heat have more depth, and they have excess capacity. If George goes down, Danny Granger can fill-in (at least on offense). If Wade goes down, Ray Allen steps in and Lebron shoulders the load.
The Raptors, as currently constructed, have everyone operating at full-capacity. There's nobody who can really shoulder a bigger load right now; everyone's maxed out. If this season is successful (ie: they make the playoffs), then everyone has to stay healthy, because the Raptors are a carefully constructed Jenga tower; pull out one block, and you're fucked.
So let's all keep our fingers crossed; hopefully the Raptors will be fully healthy. But if the basketball gods absolutely need to have a sacrificial lamb, take DD (sorry Demar...).