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Planning the Raptors Rotation: The starters, the bench, the best lineups

Planning the Raptors Rotation: The starters, the bench, the best lineups

Using what we know from the Raptors last season: who should start, come off the bench, and play with whom? Yesterday in Part 1 of planning the Raptors’ future, we started tackling the issue of figuring out a sensible rotation for the Raptors this season, based on what combinations of players worked well together last season and their net rating. A quick summary of the conclusions from that article: The obvious stuff: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka will start and play heavy minutes. Wright will play backup point guard, helming the two bench units led by DeRozan or...
Raptors HQ Aug 16, 2017
MVP odds ranking includes both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan

MVP odds ranking includes both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan

But you’ll never guess who is higher on the list. The NBA season has not yet begun, but some are already looking at its conclusion. Today, the oddsmakers of Bovada shared their list of players with the best shot at winning the league’s MVP award. The top of the list should not surprise: Russell Westbrook, last year’s winner, and Kevin Durant, arguably the world’s most complete player who also happens to be in his prime. Here’s the full list: Early 2017-18 NBA MVP odds are out at @BovadaLV, and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is your August 16 leader with 7/2 odds....
CelticsBlog Aug 4, 2017
Other than the Lakers, which team do you hate to lose to most?

Other than the Lakers, which team do you hate to lose to most?

Cavs, Wizards, Sixers, other? Staff roundtable discussion: Other than the Lakers, which team do you hate to lose to most? wjsy Recently, it's been the Raptors. They're just one of those teams that I think we should be beating consistently, but they just have our number whenever we play. I find their style to be so inefficient, and yet they win all the time. Tim MacLean I agree with Bill here. The Raptors obviously have a lot of talent starting with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. But Toronto's style of play seems to go so far against what the rest of the league is doing. Like Bill said, they...
Toronto Sun Jul 25, 2017
Don't expect Raptors to completely change playing style: DeRozan

Don't expect Raptors to completely change playing style: DeRozan

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan has heard the talk and he wants to set the record straight.
NetsDaily Jul 20, 2017
DeMarre Carroll criticized for trashing Raptors offense

DeMarre Carroll criticized for trashing Raptors offense

Well, get ready to mark down another red letter day when the NBA schedule comes out in a few weeks. There will be, of course, D’Angelo Russell’s return to Staples Center and Brook Lopez’s return to Barclays. Now, you can add DeMarre Carroll’s first game in Toronto. Carroll’s critiques of the Toronto offense in the Toronto Sun and New York Post have rendered him “persona non grata” across the border. In short, Carroll, traded last week along with two picks for Justin Hamilton, has said the offense was too much driven by ISO calls for Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan. He also...

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