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Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2014
The Sports Illustrated NBA Rank: Where are the Raptors?

The Sports Illustrated NBA Rank: Where are the Raptors?

Sports Illustrated completed their ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Where did the Raptor players end up and was it a fair rank? Let's decide. On the list of things sure to stir up acrimony online is, um, ranked lists. As part of a new ongoing tradition at Sports Illustrated, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney decided to rank the current Top 100 NBA players. It's a task steeped in pure folly and yet I, like many of you, can't look away. The first question of course is: Where did the Raptors' players rank? So, here we are: 80 - Jonas Valanciunas Ahead of: Arron Afflalo. Behind: Derrick...
Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2014
Call 911: Unofficial Fashion Police Rank NBA Jerseys

Call 911: Unofficial Fashion Police Rank NBA Jerseys

One NBA blog describes the current Raptors jerseys as "forgettable" and ranks them as having the 21st-best jersey in the league. Do we agree? As ESPN undertakes their annual #NBARank player rankings and Sports Illustrated unveils their Top 100 players of 2015, the gentlemen over at Chode League took on an equally if not more pressing evaluation: which team has the best jersey game? The rankings seem fairly arbitrary, and are written in a sarcastic tone. Some justifications are as simple as "colour x looks better than colour y," while other focus more on the actual jersey design itself....
Raptors HQ Sep 18, 2014
ESPN The Magazine Ranks the Raptors as 74th Best Franchise

ESPN The Magazine Ranks the Raptors as 74th Best Franchise

With its annual assessment of every franchise in pro sports, ESPN The Magazine ranked the Toronto Raptors as the 74th best organization overall. Is that rating fair? The geniuses over at ESPN The Magazine have published their rankings for the best franchises in all of sports. Yep, all 122 teams in football, basketball, baseball and hockey are in there (sorry soccer, fans; maybe next year). The rating metric includes judging each team by some basic criteria: Affordability - Price of tickets, parking and concessions; Coaching - Strength of on-field leadership; Fan Relations - Courtesy by...
Raptors HQ Sep 18, 2014
20Q's: What Should The Team's Intro Music Be?

20Q's: What Should The Team's Intro Music Be?

It's a discussion we all have before the start of the season: what song should be used during player introductions? It's the 20th anniversary, so I suggest we go with a retro theme. Leading up to the start of the 2014-15 season, we'll be asking 20 questions about the team. Some of them more serious than others. All of them hopefully interesting or at least enough to spark a meaningful discussion. After hours of brainstorming, we came up with a perfect name for these articles, we're calling them 20Qs. Before we get into this, let's be clear: the player introductions music is probably going...
Raptors HQ Sep 17, 2014

20Q's: Is It Important For The Raptors To Have A Canadian-Born Player?

As the Raptors continue their rebranding efforts, we wonder: do they need a Canadian player to be known as Canada's team? Leading up to the start of the 2014-15 season, we'll be asking 20 questions about the team. Some of them more serious than others. All of them hopefully interesting or at least enough to spark a meaningful discussion. After hours of brainstorming, we came up with a perfect name for these articles, we're calling them 20Q's. The Toronto Raptors have once again become the talk of the town after making the playoffs for the first time in forever. As the team continues its...
Raptors HQ Sep 16, 2014

Canada's Olympic Hoop Hopes Continue to Rise

As the din from the recent FIBA World Cup dies down, it's never too early to look at the next big international basketball tournament: the 2016 Olympics. What hope does Canada have to qualify? A noteworthy and delightful bit of news came out yesterday from the NBA's Hangtime Blog and writer John Schuhmann. Turns out the success of Team USA at the recent FIBA World Cup means potentially good things for Team Canada. As Schuhmann explains: Since both the U.S. (World Cup winner) and Brazil (host nation) have already qualified for the 2016 Olympics, two other teams will earn bids at next...
Raptors HQ Sep 16, 2014

Dinos & Digits Countdown: A Look At Kyle Lowry's 2013-14 Season

We continue our countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history with a look at Kyle Lowry's stellar 2013-14 season.  In case you missed it, we're doing a countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history. So far, we've taken a look at the pros and cons of win shares as a measurement, took a deep dive into Chris Bosh's 2007-08 season at number five, and admired Jose Calderon's extremely efficient and often overlooked campaign from the same year at number four. Today, we look at the third best individual season in team history without having to go too far back in...
Raptors HQ Sep 15, 2014

CBA 101: An Introduction to the Basics of the Salary Cap

Daniel Hackett starts his CBA 101 series with a look at the basics of the salary cap, including exceptions, Bird Rights and cap holds. Hey all. Welcome to the first of a series of posts where I'll be outlining the basic rules of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. We'll start out simple, and gradually get more complicated. Good sources for more information on the salary cap include the CBA itself and of course Larry Coon's CBAfaq.com. In this post, I'm going to talk about the salary cap in the most general sense, and touch on some key ideas to understand when talking about team...
Raptors HQ Sep 15, 2014

Team USA and DeMar DeRozan Bring Home the Gold

After a rocky start, Team USA refocuses to beat Serbia, capping the FIBA Basketball World Cup Tournament with a dominant 129-92 win. As the final seconds of the FIBA World Cup counted down, Mason Plumlee dribbled out the clock and the celebrations began: Team USA were champions again. With tournament MVP Kyrie Irving and Houston Rocket James Harden leading the way, Team USA dominated Serbia to the tune of 129-92 to capture its second straight FIBA World Cup Gold Medal. Although the game did not have the same level of excitement that would likely have been generated had it been Spain or...
Raptors HQ Sep 12, 2014

Numeric Narratives: Parsing Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson has developed into a key contributor for the Toronto Raptors, but nothing he does on the basketball court is quite as important as being 6'9" and making jump shots. Here's another installment of an occasionally regular column at the site called "Numeric Narratives" in which Ian Levy drops by to provide some insight about the Raptors. If you're not familiar with Ian's work, he is the editor-in-chief of Nylon Calculus, and a regular contributor to Hardwood Paroxysm and Bleacher Report. He's also contributed at FiveThirtyEight. On one hand It seems silly to attribute so...
Raptors HQ Sep 12, 2014
FIBA World Cup: Team USA Steamrolls Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania

FIBA World Cup: Team USA Steamrolls Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania

The highly anticipated matchup between Valanciunas' Lithuania squad and DeMar DeRozan's Team USA turned out to be a dud as the Americans continued their streak of blowing out opponents in a 96-68 win. All Raptors' fans' eyes were on this one, at least on the stat-sheets (#RudyGay) if not game itself since it was going on smack in the middle of the day. I'll cut the suspense right off the bat -- Raptors fans wouldn't have enjoyed this game very much. DeMar DeRozan is a deep rotation/garbage time player on a stacked USA D-level team, and so he didn't see much of the court until late in the...
Raptors HQ Sep 12, 2014

Masai Ujiri Pens Op-Ed On Danny Ferry's Comments

The general manager of the Raptors spoke with Danny Ferry this week regarding his comments about Luol Deng. In his op-ed, he says "what he’s said can’t be unsaid, but we must measure his heart". If you haven't been following the situation in Atlanta, here's a quick refresher: Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announced last weekend he would be selling the team because of a racist e-mail that he self reported to the NBA. Since then, other details have emerged including an audio clip of Danny Ferry talking about Luol Deng on a conference call with the ownership group earlier this summer, in...
Raptors HQ Sep 12, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins Scared Jonas Valanciunas Yesterday. Here's A Very American Apology.

On behalf of Boogie and everyone in the USA, a contrite Corbin Smith offers his sincerest apologies for a terrible international incident. Corbin Smith writes at his Biscuitball blog which we highly recommend. He also contributes to Portland Roundball Society. Corbin decided to write an apology on behalf of all the Americans for the Boogie Cousins-Jonas Valanciunas incident yesterday. We'll let you decide if he got all the tropes about Canadians right for yourself (BTW, Jonas is not technically Canadian, but hey, just play along). Hey, Canada. Thanks for meeting with me. Just wanted to...
Raptors HQ Sep 11, 2014

A Very Early Look At The Raptors In The Summer Of 2016

Daniel Hackett takes a look at how the team is positioned from a salary cap standpoint for the summer of 2016. After taking a look ahead at how the Raptors are positioned for next off-season, today we focus on the summer of 2016. Again, Shamsports.com is the place to go for any salary cap information. As well, CBAfaq.com is the site to check out for answers to any of your salary cap questions. Of course, feel free to ask me anything in regards to the cap in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer. Now, let's take a look at the summer of 2016. A Tale of Two Television Deals So,...
Raptors HQ Sep 11, 2014

Patrick Patterson Says Toronto Gave Him Confidence

After spending the latter part of last season with the Raptors, Patrick Patterson said the team gave him a much need boost of confidence. Arriving in Toronto from the Rudy Gay trade from Sacramento, Patrick Patterson wasn't playing his best. That however seemed to changed as Patterson began to flourish within the Raptors' system. Only four years in the league, Patterson's numbers with the Kings weren't all that well. In his last year in Houston, Patterson averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot 51.7% from the field, according to NBA.com. In Sacramento however, his numbers dropped...
Raptors HQ Sep 10, 2014
FIBA Update: Jonas Valanciunas on to the Semis

FIBA Update: Jonas Valanciunas on to the Semis

After Valanciunas' up and down performances in the first three games of Lithuania's FIBA World Cup run, we look to see how things have changed as we creep deeper into the knockout rounds. Last week, I checked in on Jonas Valanciunas and the Lithuanian team at the FIBA World Cup through half of round robin play. With JV's role increasing for the national team over the past couple of years, this tournament promised to be an interesting precursor to his similarly expanding role for the Toronto Raptors. To recap, Valanciunas was dominant against inferior opposition in Mexico and Angola, and...
Raptors HQ Sep 10, 2014

Numeric Narratives

An occasionally regular column in which Ian Levy drops by to provide some insight about the Raptors. We're very excited to introduce another occasionally regular column at the site called "Numeric Narratives" in which Ian Levy will drop by and provide some insight about the Raptors. If you're not familiar with Ian's work, he is the editor-in-chief of Nylon Calculus, and a regular contributor to VICE Sports, Hardwood Paroxysm and Bleacher Report. He's also contributed at FiveThirtyEight. Through two seasons, the development of Terrence Ross has to be exciting for the Raptors. As the...
Raptors HQ Sep 9, 2014

An In-Depth Q&A With Glen Grunwald About His Time As General Manager Of The Raptors

In this interview, former Raptor GM Glen Grunwald talked about his tenure in Toronto, addressed a Vince Carter rumor we've heard online, discussed the growth of basketball in Canada and more. Before Masai Ujiri, Bryan Colangelo and Rob Babcock, there was Glen Grunwald. Taking over as Raptors general manager from Isiah Thomas in 1998, Grunwald oversaw the rise to what still remains the high-water mark of the franchise’s on-court success. Then, as it often does in the NBA, it all came apart. Grunwald eventually moved on to another well-known, much-maligned corporate sports entity: the New...
Fear The Sword Sep 9, 2014
Connecting with family as LeBron James shredded the Toronto Raptors: My best experience at a Cavs game

Connecting with family as LeBron James shredded the Toronto Raptors: My best experience at a Cavs game

The Cavs were at their peak, and it was a night I'll always remember. This is the first of a few posts we will have today describing our best live experiences seeing the Cleveland Cavaliers. SB Nation is doing one of our theme days, so feel free to check out other communities to see what their writers have to say. The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Toronto Raptors, a team that would go on to miss the playoffs, on a snowy winter night, February 3, 2009. The Cavaliers were at their zenith. On their way to 66 wins, this 101-83 laugher was all but decided in the first quarter when LeBron...
Raptors HQ Sep 9, 2014

Best Live Game: The New Orleans Hornets, Lee Nailon, And An Impressive Comeback

As part of SB Nation's NBA Theme Day, we were asked to write about our best live game. There are probably better ones to pick from, but the brainstorming helped me remember this random regular season game from 2005. On the list of things I want to accomplish online, getting Lee Nailon into the title of something I write is not on that list. But here we are. The New Orleans Hornets visited the Toronto Raptors on January 16, 2005. Less than a month earlier, the team had dealt Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets. A look at our starting lineup for this game: Rafer Alston, Morris Peterson,...

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