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Player Review: Finding value in Cory Joseph’s up and down year

Player Review: Finding value in Cory Joseph’s up and down year

Joseph’s role with the Raptors varied wildly this season, and his future may be uncertain, but he’s proven his worth anyway. There isn’t a player currently on the Toronto Raptors roster who could see more fluctuation in his role than incumbent back-up point guard Cory Joseph. After an up-and-down season, Joseph has shown himself to be a capable back-up, who is probably best suited for exactly that job. As he enters his age-26 season, there is undoubtedly still room for improvement, but also a prevailing feeling of “what you see is what you get” with the Toronto-born guard —...
Raptors HQ May 23, 2017
Player Review: DeMar DeRozan adds another breakout campaign

Player Review: DeMar DeRozan adds another breakout campaign

Take a look back at DeRozan’s recent rise to super-stardom, and the best season in his career. September 15, 2016. The day Sports Illustrated released their annual list of the NBA’s top 100 players. Not so coincidentally, this day was also significant for one DeMar DeRozan. FOH. 46— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016 DeMar — coming off a career season and a conference finals appearance — was not particularly content with his place among the league’s finest. Dwight Howard, Steven Adams, Andre Iguodala, and eventual teammate Serge Ibaka all took their places...
Raptors HQ May 23, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors invite another six players in for workouts

NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors invite another six players in for workouts

And the Canadian content is at an all-time high. Today’s the last announced date of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. They’ve got six more players in Toronto at the BioSteel Centre this morning. Owing, I assume, to CanCon regulations, three of said players are Canadian. That’s 50 percent! Here’s the list of who’s in town this morning: Isaiah Briscoe, Guard, 6-1, Kentucky Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Guard, 6-4, Florida State Justin Jackson, Forward, 6-6, Maryland MiKyle McIntosh, Forward, 6-7, Illinois State Sebastian Saiz, Forward, 6-7, Ole Miss Johnathan Motley, Forward, 6-8,...
Pippen Aint Easy May 23, 2017

NBA Free Agency: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry would bring better Bulls basketball

Coming off of his third straight appearance as an Eastern Conference All-Star, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will hit the unrestricted free agency market for the first time. If you spent any stretch of time watching Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors play basketball last season, you saw the good and the sloppy. Their style of […] NBA Free Agency: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry would bring better Bulls basketball - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ May 22, 2017
Player Review: The long road ahead for Fred VanVleet

Player Review: The long road ahead for Fred VanVleet

The undrafted rookie cracked an NBA squad, but he still has a ways to go. After playing for the Toronto Raptors at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, undrafted rookie Fred VanVleet got an invite to training camp. There, he was one of six guys competing for one free roster spot. Though VanVleet did not have a particularly impactful season as a Raptor, the fact that he made the team and was signed to a multi-year deal should count as a massive personal success. He beat out decent players like Brady Heslip, Yanick Moreira and E.J Singler, who each helped Raptors 905 — the NBA team’s D-League...
Raptors HQ May 22, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors work out six more draft prospects today

NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors work out six more draft prospects today

Semi Ojeleye headlines the latest batch of players to come through Toronto. In advance of the NBA Draft, some new recruits are in Toronto’s BioSteel centre today to get worked out by the Raptors staff. While the rest of us are sleeping in on this glorious long weekend, the grind continues. The 23rd pick awaits. Here’s the latest batch of players: Tyler Dorsey, Guard, 6-3, Oregon Kobi Simmons, Guard, 6-3, Arizona Dillon Brooks, Forward, 6-5, Oregon Semi Ojeleye, Forward, 6-5, SMU Markis McDuffie, Forward, 6-8, Wichita State Johnathan Williams, Forward, 6-8, Gonzaga According to our...
Raptors HQ May 19, 2017
Player Review: The weird, surprising season of Pascal Siakam

Player Review: The weird, surprising season of Pascal Siakam

The late first-round pick had a great chance to prove himself, and while he didn’t quite manage it, he also didn’t suck. Despite great opportunity, Pascal Siakam did not have a great season. As a late first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Siakam came to the Toronto Raptors last summer as an expected bench warmer, filling spot minutes alongside the likes of Delon Wright and fellow rookie Jakob Poeltl. But, despite the team’s standing as a power in the Eastern Conference, a talent gap at power forward opened the door wide open for the lanky rookie out of New Mexico State University....
Raptors HQ May 18, 2017
Listen: Masai Ujiri talks Lowry and the Raptors off-season on the radio

Listen: Masai Ujiri talks Lowry and the Raptors off-season on the radio

Thanks to the TSN 1050’s OverDrive, the Raptors President had a few things to say about his team. For a man who does not like to reveal the inner workings of his mind, Masai Ujiri certainly has talked a whole bunch since the Raptors’ ouster from the playoffs nine days ago. The Raptors president went on TSN’s OverDrive this afternoon to discuss the state of the team and the future. Have a listen here. Here are some of the key things Ujiri said: Masai highlighted his distaste for mid-season trades, but said he felt it was worthwhile in this case because it would give the team access to...
Raptors HQ May 18, 2017
DeMar DeRozan named to 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team

DeMar DeRozan named to 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team

The Raptors All-Star can add yet another wonderful qualification to his resume. After the best season of his career, DeMar DeRozan has been named to the All-NBA Third Team, marking him as one of the best 15 players in the league this past season. The Raptors All-Star is joined by Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, and John Wall — and DeMar even received three first place votes. Not bad. Here’s a breakdown of the entire vote and all of the winners, straight from NBA.com: 2017 All-NBA vote totals ⬇️MORE: https://t.co/GRosn4OPk7 #NBA pic.twitter.com/Zr4x5YVkAh— NBA.com...
Raptors HQ May 18, 2017
Player Review: Bringing up Bebe’s role in Toronto

Player Review: Bringing up Bebe’s role in Toronto

Looking back at the season of Lucas Nogueira, the one-time backup centre who lost his spot in the Raptors’ rotation. Somewhere on the way up, the Bebe brand, once built on a solid base of fun and positivity, crumbled into abject sadness. I have to own some of that, suffusing as I did the weekly Bringing Up Bebe column with as much pensive gloom as I could muster. But the work — or absence thereof — Lucas Nogueira put in on the court for the Raptors was the primary reason for this decay. At the start of the season, Nogueira had hopes of becoming respected as an NBA player. It was his...
Raptors HQ May 18, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The pre-draft workouts in Toronto continue

NBA Draft 2017: The pre-draft workouts in Toronto continue

Only two names on the board today, but the Raptors are back at it with more prospects. The NBA Draft waits for no man. Today at the BioSteel centre, the Raptors are back at it again with two new prospects and a rigorous morning workout. Who’s in Toronto today you ask? Here are the names: Tyler Cavanaugh, Forward, 6-9, George Washington TJ Leaf, Forward, 6-10, UCLA The big name here is obvious: Leaf. He’s been consistently ranked in the low to mid-20s on most mock drafts, and Draft Express’ list is no different. He’s in at no. 26 on their Top 100 Prospects list, and in their...
Raptors HQ May 17, 2017
Player Review: The two sides of Patrick Patterson

Player Review: The two sides of Patrick Patterson

When the Raptors needed the Patterson they know and love most, he was nowhere to be found. “Raptors Patrick Patterson proving to be a perfect fit in todays NBA.” This was a headline written in the Toronto Star about Raptors forward Patrick Patterson nearing the conclusion of the 2014 NBA season. It was Raptor nation’s first look at the versatile, six-foot-nine forward, as number 54 quickly turned from commonplace bench player to fan-favorite. (I personally own and still sport my 2Pat t-shirt to games). While this headline still rings true, Patterson has also provided Raps fans with...
Raptors HQ May 17, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: Raptors hold first pre-draft workout today

NBA Draft 2017: Raptors hold first pre-draft workout today

There are six players in Toronto today hoping to catch the eye of the Raptors. It’s that time of year again: pre-draft workout season! The Raptors have the 23rd pick in this year’s NBA Draft and are already bringing in players for tryouts. If you happen to be walking by the BioSteel Centre today (like, right now!), you’ll hear the squeak of sneakers of this first group of hopefuls. The names include: Dylan Ennis, Guard, 6-2, Oregon T.J. Williams, Guard, 6-3, Northeastern Rawle Alkins, Guard, 6-5, Arizona Jeremy Hollowell, Forward, 6-8, Georgia State Rashawn Thomas, Forward, 6-8,...
Raptors HQ May 16, 2017
Dial 905: The Raptors 905 report card for 2016-17

Dial 905: The Raptors 905 report card for 2016-17

After ending on the ultimate high note, we look back at the year for the Raptors 905 and give out some grades. The Raptors 905 ended a 39-11 season by winning the D-League championship, capping off a phenomenal run for the second year franchise. Throughout the season, the 905 saw two players (Axel Toupane twice, and Edy Tavares) get called up, and also dealt with a key injury to Will Sheehey. But that never stopped them as, in Coach of the Year Jerry Stackhouse’s words, it was always next man up. Here’s a review of the 905’s roster, with letter grades for how their season shook...
Raptors HQ May 16, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: Raptors announce pre-draft workout schedule

NBA Draft 2017: Raptors announce pre-draft workout schedule

If you were inclined to read the draft tea leaves, the Raptors are making moves. The Raptors have the 23rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and, as such, are starting to unveil what they plan to do with it. Look at that header image of Jakob Poeltl (9th pick) and Norman Powell (46th pick) and revel in the excitement. New players coming to the Raptors? Get up! On May 17th, 18th, 22nd (no holidays in the NBA, son!), and 23rd, the Raptors will host a series of workouts for potentially incoming players. The names of said athletes are still to be determined, but we’ll try to get that information to...
Raptors HQ May 15, 2017
The All-NBA teams and award finalists are coming this week

The All-NBA teams and award finalists are coming this week

And DeMar DeRozan should have a shot at something. The NBA award season, which we’d usually be done with by now, is just getting warmed up. Prepare thyself. This week, on Thursday, May 18th, the league will announce the All-NBA first, second, and third teams, and then, to really stoke intrigue, will reveal the finalists for the various NBA awards of the 2016-17 season in a 90-minute special on Friday, May 19th, at 7pm (before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals). That’s a long television program. Those awards include: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the...
Raptors HQ May 15, 2017
Player Review: The changing landscape for Jonas Valanciunas

Player Review: The changing landscape for Jonas Valanciunas

The fifth-year centre undoubtedly has skill, but is the modern NBA turning him into a relic? In the history of movies that tap into bro empathy, there’s few that soar like The Shawshank Redemption. One of its most affecting scenes comes about three-quarters in. Here, we focus on the character Brooks, a prison librarian who’s spent his whole life in Shawshank State Penitentiary. He’s a nice old guy, harmless, and he’s released on parole after 50 years. When he gets out of prison, he goes to work at a grocery store, but can’t keep up with the work. He nearly gets hit by a car —...
Raptors HQ May 12, 2017
NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What’s actually going to happen with the Raptors?

NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What’s actually going to happen with the Raptors?

With four players looking to free agency this summer, the Raptors have questions to answer. Let’s try to figure it out. With the Raptors off-season continuing apace, day after day, it's time to look at some of the possible ways in which things can happen for Toronto in the NBA free agency period. Today starts the discussion: Four scenarios, two Dans, one Raptors future. How will it all play out? Read Part 1 of the discussion here. Read Part 2 of the discussion here. Read Part 3 of the discussion here. Grant: Here we are, at the end of another Sliding Doors series. It’s time to take all...
Raptors HQ May 11, 2017
NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What if Lowry or Ibaka left the Raptors?

NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What if Lowry or Ibaka left the Raptors?

With four players looking to free agency this summer, the Raptors have questions to answer. Today, we look at two big scenarios. With the Raptors off-season continuing apace, day after day, it's time to look at some of the possible ways in which things can happen for Toronto in the NBA free agency period. Today starts the discussion: Four scenarios, two Dans, one Raptors future. How will it all play out? Read Part 1 of the discussion here. Read Part 2 of the discussion here. Grant: For the past two days, we’ve basically been setting the scene. Letting all of their free agents walk for...
Raptors HQ May 10, 2017
NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What If They All Come Back to the Raptors?

NBA Free Agency Sliding Doors: What If They All Come Back to the Raptors?

With four players looking to free agency this summer, the Raptors have questions to answer. Today, we get the band back together. With the Raptors off-season continuing apace, day after day, it's time to look at some of the possible ways in which things can happen for Toronto in the NBA free agency period. Today starts the discussion: Four scenarios, two Dans, one Raptors future. How will it all play out? Read Part 1 of the discussion here. Grant: Alright, Hackett. We laid the groundwork yesterday, and determined that simply letting all four free agents walk isn’t really a viable solution...

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