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Raptors HQ Aug 29, 2014

Dinos & Digits: Which Five Players Had The Best Individual Seasons in Raptors History?

Which five players had the best individual seasons in Raptors history? And how should we go about figuring it out? Russell Peddle explains in part one of this series and gives us a primer on the pros and cons of win shares. With the 20th season of the franchise upon us, it's time to get nostalgic about our favourite players. So, this is the perfect excuse to figure out which players had the best individual seasons in Toronto Raptors history and in what year. Of course, choosing the best individual seasons based on numbers can be a subjective exercise, depending on how you value different...
Raptors HQ Aug 28, 2014

Numeric Narratives: Jonas Valanciunas and the Primordial Ooze

Already making reliable contributions on the interior, the question with Jonas Valanciunas is in exactly what direction would the Raptors like him to continue expanding his game. 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 VICE Sports, Hardwood Paroxysm and Bleacher Report. He's also contributed at FiveThirtyEight. Last week, I wrote a little bit...
Raptors HQ Aug 28, 2014
Update: The Top 3 Raptors ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Reactions

Update: The Top 3 Raptors ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Reactions

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continued its surge through social media this week. As a result, more Raptors' players and management got involved. Today we rank the top three reaction videos. It's been a week and the outpouring of Ice Bucket Challenges does not appear to be abating. Social media feeds of all kinds are still being swamped with videos of people dumping water on themselves in the name of a good cause. If you'll recall, last week I reported on a couple of Raptors who had gotten in on the act--DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry--and then tried to make some predictions on how other...
Raptors HQ Aug 27, 2014
Off-Season Review Part 4: Wrapping Up Free Agency

Off-Season Review Part 4: Wrapping Up Free Agency

In the final part of his multi-part series, Daniel Hackett takes a look at the Greivis Vasquez signing and more. Welcome back to the final installment of our look back at the Raptors’ off-season.  You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. I’d like to point you once again to Shamsports.com for all your salary needs, and to CBAfaq.com for all your cap-related questions (I am of course happy to answer any here). With Steve Novak traded to open up room under the tax, and the re-signing of Kyle Lowry and Patrick Patterson, there was one final order of business left: bringing...
Raptors HQ Aug 27, 2014

DeMar DeRozan's Work in the Lab Pays Off for Team USA and the Raptors

DeMar DeRozan has been working hard this summer. Dave Zarum at Sportsnet takes a peek into the young Raptor's training regimen. Will it pay off in the coming season? This past year has been one of dividends for DeMar DeRozan: he was named to his first All-Star team, led the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time since being drafted, and was recently selected as a member of Team USA. DeMar has come a long way in his player development since his rookie season and people such as David Zarum over at Sportsnet have taken notice. In his recent article, Zarum interviews basketball coach...
Raptors HQ Aug 26, 2014

On Jonas Valanciunas and His Patented Pump Fake

As a critical element to the team's fortunes next season, Jonas Valanciunas needs to focus on improving the one obvious deficiency in his game. I did a double take at a certain Jonas Valanciunas photo earlier this off-season. After two encouraging seasons in the league, Valanciunas is bulking up. Getting strong is a priority for the big man, but there's also another part of the game he needs to focus on. Valanciunas surprised me in the playoffs last season. He scored the team's first eight points in Game 1, and topped 15 points in three of the seven games against the Brooklyn Nets. What...
Raptors HQ Aug 26, 2014

New Practice Facility for the Toronto Raptors Approved

Exhibition Place will be the new home for a state-of-the-art practice facility that is expected to be up and running in time for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. A $30-million practice facility will be built for the Toronto Raptors at Exhibition Place after Council came to a 38-2 vote on Aug. 25, per CityNews.ca. Raptors practice facility pic.twitter.com/aP4wvUd0pN — Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) August 22, 2014 Who were the two lone opposing votes? Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford. I guess Ford's of a feather flock together. The Raptors will have exclusive rights to use two-thirds...
Raptors HQ Aug 25, 2014

Podcast: Discussing The History of Raptors Trades

The Raptors have been involved in a lot of franchise-changing trades in their history. This podcast episode takes a look back at all of them. Rafael Canton runs an awesome blog called "NBA Trades" and has his own podcast. Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on his show, and we took a deep dive into the history of the Toronto Raptors and all the trades they’ve made. From Damon Stoudamire, to Marcus Camby, to Tracy McGrady and of course Vince Carter, we talked about everything and anything and it brought back some memories that were fun for me, and some that weren’t. Also, I...
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2014

Tim Leiweke's Departure And Why It Matters

Tim Leiweke is set to leave his position as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment next year. What does his departure mean to the Raptors? Earlier this week, speculation ramped up on the potential of Tim Leiweke’s departure from his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment ("MLSE"). Those rumors were denied by Leiweke himself, but yesterday he had notified MLSE of his departure effective next June. Because he is involved with all the teams that fall under MLSE's control, evaluating Leiweke’s overall performance in Toronto requires a...
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2014

DeRozan Shines in Latest Team USA Exhibition

After sitting the previous game, the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan took to the floor in Team USA's latest outing against the Dominican Republic. His play prompted many to ask: Is DeRozan still on the bubble? What a difference a couple of days makes. After a bout of hand-wringing following Team USA's game against Brazil on Wednesday night - a game in which, as we've noted, Raptor DeMar DeRozan did not get off the bench - the Americans were at it again on Wednesday night in exhibition against the Dominican Republic. While the ultimate result was another victory - a soul-crushing 105-62 blowout in...
Raptors HQ Aug 21, 2014

Numeric Narratives: Terrence Ross and The Context of Development

Returning almost the exact same roster for next season, the Toronto Raptors are counting on improvement from internal development. How does Terrence Ross fit into that equation? 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,...
Raptors HQ Aug 21, 2014
Tim Leiweke Plans to Leave MLSE in June 2015

Tim Leiweke Plans to Leave MLSE in June 2015

After rumours and denials, the news comes out that CEO Tim Leiweke does in fact plan to leave MLSE in June 2015 According to Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star, it appears that after a few days of allegations and denials Tim Leiweke will in fact be leaving his post as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment come June 30, 2015. As Zwolinski reports: Leiweke informed the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Board that he will continue in his role as CEO of MLSE until June 30, 2015. "Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to...
Raptors HQ Aug 21, 2014

Off-Season Review Part 3: A Look At Contract Incentives

In the third part of his multi-part series, Daniel Hackett takes a look at contract incentives for DeMar DeDozan and Amir Johnson. Welcome back to another installment of our series looking back at the Toronto Raptors’ off-season. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. I’d like to point you once again to Shamsports.com for all your salary info needs, and to CBAfaq.com for all your cap-related questions. (Though, I am of course happy to answer any in the comments.) Now, a quick summary. In the previous installment, the Raptors had just completed a trade that sent Steve Novak to...
Raptors HQ Aug 20, 2014

Raptors React to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

With the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge running wild on social media, I wondered: what kind of reaction could we expect from various Raptors, past and present? Unless you've been living under a social media rock as of late, it's been pretty hard to escape the onslaught that is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. (For those who don't know, bless you: people are filming themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their head to ostensibly raise awareness of, and money to combat, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. They then nominate others to take the challenge.) I don't know how these things get so...
Raptors HQ Aug 19, 2014

Off-Season Review Part 2: Free Agency And The Steve Novak Trade

In the second part of his multi-part series, Daniel Hackett takes a look at the start of free agency and the Steve Novak trade. Welcome back to another installment of our series looking back at the Toronto Raptors’ off-season. You can read Part 1 here. I’d like to point you once again to Shamsports.com for all your salary info needs, and to CBAfaq.com for all your cap-related questions. (Though, I am of course happy to answer any in the comments.) Now, a quick summary: the Raptors had just completed the Salmons-Williams-Nogueira deal. We still didn't know if the team would retain their...
Raptors HQ Aug 19, 2014
Report: Tim Leiweke May Be Leaving MLSE

Report: Tim Leiweke May Be Leaving MLSE

According to Elliotte Friedman, the president & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment may be leaving soon. Well, this came out of nowhere. According to Elliotte Friedman, Tim Leiweke may be leaving his position as president & CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment soon: Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon. (1/2) — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 19, 2014 Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 19, 2014 In just a little over a year,...
Raptors HQ Aug 19, 2014

Yakkin’ About The Raptors: Brainstorming Kevin Durant Bars For Drake

Introducing an occasionally regular series in which Alex is joined by Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic to discuss pertinent Raptors topics and divulge their deepest secrets (not this time). Occasionally throughout the season (and apparently, during the off-season), I’ll be engaging in conversation about the Raptors with Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic. On this instalment, we try our best to move on from a very awkward Nathan For You intro into a conversation about Game 7 against Brooklyn, the whole Kevin Durant tampering thing, and more. Enjoy. (PS. this entire series is inspired by the...
The Dream Shake Aug 15, 2014

Former Rockets wing Jordan Hamilton signs with Toronto Raptors

In some unsurprising news, Jordan Hamilton has left the Rockets in free agency, signing with the Raptors. 6 weeks after free agency opened, Jordan Hamilton has agreed to terms on a one year contract with the Toronto Raptors. The deal is reportedly unguaranteed, meaning Hamilton will have to fight for a spot in training camp in Toronto. Hamilton came over from Denver in a deal for Aaron Brooks to shore up the Rockets poor wing depth, with the hope that he would be an upgrade over Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia. He had his moments, but for the most part, Hamilton struggled to stick in the...
Raptors HQ Aug 14, 2014

Report: Raptors Agree To One-Year Deal With Jordan Hamilton

The Raptors already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster, so does this mean a subsequent move is on the way? According to Shams Charania of RealGM, the Raptors have come to terms with free agent Jordan Hamilton on a one-year deal. Hamilton split last season between Denver and Houston. In 60 regular season games, he averaged 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and shot 39.1 percent from the field. As pointed out by Eric Koreen of The National Post, this signing puts the Raptors in a bit of a numbers crunch: If the Raptors have indeed signed Hamilton, something will have to give. Can't carry...
Raptors HQ Aug 13, 2014
Toronto Raptors' 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule Revealed

Toronto Raptors' 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule Revealed

Pull out your calendars as we give you the lowdown on the biggest Raptor games of the upcoming season. The release of the 2014-15 NBA schedule means we won't have to wait much longer until our Toronto Raptors take the floor again. It's been too long, ladies and gentlemen. Our thirst must be quenched and the void in our lives must be filled. The #WeTheNorth hashtags, Landry Fields jerseys and Jack Armstrong one-liners need to be dusted off. What we knew before the schedule was even revealed was that all home games were being pushed back thirty minutes to 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. at the...

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