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Fantasy Update

Feb 17, 2017
numberFire
Ibaka's arrival comes at the perfect time for the reeling Raptors.
Feb 15, 2017
numberFire
Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell is starting in place of center Jakob Poeltl against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. What It Means: This bumps forward DeMarre Carroll to the four, which makes sense against a smaller four in Charlotte's Marvin Williams. Powell is expected to be more about his defense and not so much on offense, so he's not a great pickup here. Plus, Serge Ibaka will be starting once he's available. Powell projects for 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 16.9 FanDuel points tonight on 22.9 minutes. Source: Rotoworld.com
Feb 15, 2017
numberFire
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will see some more minutes at the four-spot with Serge Ibaka no longer a part of the equation, general manager Rob Hennigan said. What It Means: Gordon played a ton at the four-spot last season, but new head coach Frank Vogel has primarily used him at the three this year, despite inconsistent and largely disappointing results. More run for Gordon at the four could open up minutes for Mario Hezonja on the wing, as well as take away from Jeff Green's playing time. Gordon's player efficiency rating has dropped from 17.0 last season, to 12.5 this...
numberFire Feb 17, 2017
Serge Ibaka May Be the Missing Piece to the Raptors' Puzzle

Serge Ibaka May Be the Missing Piece to the Raptors' Puzzle

Ibaka's arrival comes at the perfect time for the reeling Raptors.
Raptors HQ Feb 16, 2017
Watching the Raptors of the Future with Serge Ibaka

Watching the Raptors of the Future with Serge Ibaka

The Raptors were good, then bad, and then good again. Hopefully Serge Ibaka took note of the reality. There was a palpable sense of deflation in the media room when coach Dwane Casey admitted the Raptors’ newest acquisition, Serge Ibaka, would not play. The media horde around Casey was sizable — larger than would ordinarily be at a Wednesday night game, the last before the All-Star break, against the hopeless Charlotte Hornets. Everyone, myself included, was there to see Ibaka play. The Raptors, as you may know, have been reeling. Before last night’s game they had lost 11 of their...
National Post Feb 16, 2017
Serge Ibaka looks to bring ‘physicality,’ ‘energy’ to Toronto Raptors

Serge Ibaka looks to bring ‘physicality,’ ‘energy’ to Toronto Raptors

Coming off of a lost half-season in Orlando, Ibaka, who has been through many playoff wars, said he is eager to get started
Serge Ibaka trade a small step in right direction for Orlando Magic

Serge Ibaka trade a small step in right direction for Orlando Magic

Orlando probably got about as good a return as it could have expected. First, the particulars of Tuesday’s trade, as reported by The Woj: Toronto receives: Serge IbakaOrlando receives: Terrence Ross, 2017 1st-round pick (lower between Clippers and Raptors) Long story short, I like the deal. This was probably on the high end of what Orlando could have expected to get back (Zach Lowe noted that a lot of the other offers were pretty miserable), and while the pipe dream was to get the player-pick-prospect trifecta, that return was never going to occur for a player three months away from...
Green Street | WEEI Feb 16, 2017

How Marcus Smart has made Avery Bradley expendable at the trade deadline

Danny Ainge watched this week as the Raptors made a big push to re-claim their position atop the Eastern Conference with Cleveland when they acquired forward Serge Ibaka from the Magic. But what the Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations has also watch is the emergence of one of his own players into a legit force […]
FOX Sports Feb 16, 2017
Serge Ibaka Must Regain His Defensive Form For Toronto Raptors

Serge Ibaka Must Regain His Defensive Form For Toronto Raptors

For Serge Ibaka to prove his worth for the Toronto Raptors, he'll need to improve his defensive play.It's important to not put too much stock into how a player plays in a bad situation. For some role players, the opportunity to play with a winning organization can kick-start their drive ...
Toronto Sun Feb 15, 2017
'Crazy' first day with Raptors

'Crazy' first day with Raptors

While the rest of the team went through their pre-game preparations on Wednesday, an exhausted Serge Ibaka sat slumped at his new locker after a “crazy” first day as a Raptor.

Magic lose to Spurs 107-79 as Terrence Ross is forced to sit

The Orlando Magic just cannot catch a break. In their first game since they traded power forward Serge Ibaka for swingman Terrence Ross and a draft pick, they couldn’t even put Ross on the court. Ross was required to sit out because the league did not finalize the trade before tipoff. Ross probably...
Toronto Sun Feb 15, 2017
Ujiri knows it and you should too: Ibaka's perfect for the Raptors

Ujiri knows it and you should too: Ibaka's perfect for the Raptors

TORONTO — They make movies about people like Serge Ibaka.
numberFire Feb 15, 2017

Norman Powell starting for Raptors Wednesday

Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell is starting in place of center Jakob Poeltl against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. What It Means: This bumps forward DeMarre Carroll to the four, which makes sense against a smaller four in Charlotte's Marvin Williams. Powell is expected to be more about his defense and not so much on offense, so he's not a great pickup here. Plus, Serge Ibaka will be starting once he's available. Powell projects for 10.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 16.9 FanDuel points tonight on 22.9 minutes. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 15, 2017

Serge Ibaka will not make his Raptors debut Wednesday

Toronto Raptors forward/center Serge Ibaka will not make his debut against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. What It Means: Ibaka took his physical and is fully expected to be cleared, but there still hasn't been any confirmation. Terrence Ross will also likely be unavailable for the Orlando Magic if Ibaka is out. Jakob Poeltl should draw another start for Toronto as a result, but Lucas Nogueira is the preferred fantasy play. numberFire's models believe Nogueira will record 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks in 25.4 minutes versus...
CSN New England Feb 15, 2017

Source: C's weren't willing to re-sign Ibaka after season had they traded for him

According to an NBA source, the Celtics didn't trade for Serge Ibaka because they didn't want to re-sign him when he became a free agent.
numberFire Feb 15, 2017

Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable as Raptors prepare for Charlotte

Toronto Raptors forward/center Patrick Patterson (knee) is questionable to play Wednesday versus the Charlotte Hornets. What It Means: Patterson has missed five straight games, so it would be odd for the Raptors to play him tonight just before the All-Star break. His minimal fantasy value was put to rest with the arrival of Serge Ibaka. Patterson's -0.7 nERD is tied for third-worst on the Raptors this season. His 27.3 minutes per game are fourth-most on the team, but that will change with Ibaka in the rotation. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 15, 2017

Jeff Green starting as Orlando takes on Spurs

Orlando Magic guard/forward Jeff Green will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: In their first game since trading Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors, the Magic will be starting C.J. Watson, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic alongside Green. Head coach Frank Vogel cites defensive concerns on the perimeter as reason for keeping Gordon out of the four-spot. In 10 starts this season, Green is averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 25.5 minutes per game while shooting an atrocious 27.7 percent...
numberFire Feb 15, 2017

Terrence Ross passes physical for Magic, expects to play Wednesday

Orlando Magic guard/forward Terrence Ross passed his physical, and the Magic are waiting to hear on Toronto Raptors forward/center Serge Ibaka to see if Ross can play Wednesday versus the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: Ibaka is expected to pass his physical without any issues, so both he and Ross should be good to go for their new teams on Wednesday night. numberFire's models account for Ross playing tonight, and we project him for 11.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 27.6 minutes of action. Source: Rotoworld.com

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