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Raptors HQ 1 hour ago

Your Fantasy Basketball Guide: Toronto Raptors Edition

Do you play fantasy hoops and have a draft coming up this week? Wondering when it's safe to select your favourite Raptors without looking like a total "homer"? We've got you covered. The NBA season is only a week away, which means that we're deep in the heart of the fantasy basketball preparation period. These next few days are when the vast majority of drafts take place or when managers put the finishing touches on their rosters through trades and waiver wire pickups. If you're a fantasy hoopster and a Toronto Raptors fan, you should be aware of the risks associated with mixing fandom...
Raptors HQ 22 hours ago

Dinos & Digits Countdown: A Look At Vince Carter's 2000-01 Season

We finish our countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history with a look at Vince Carter's transcendent 2000-01 season. In case you missed it, we're doing a countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history. So far, we've debated the pros and cons of win shares as a tool of measurement, taken a deep dive into Chris Bosh's 2007-08 season at number five, admired Jose Calderon's extremely efficient and often overlooked campaign from the same year at number four, given Kyle Lowry the credit he deserved for his 2013-14 season at number three, and reminisced about Vince...
Raptors HQ Oct 20, 2014

Wayne Embry Inducted Into NCAS Hall of Fame

Embry, a senior advisor for the Toronto Raptors and former interim general manager, is the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. As the first African-American team president and general manager in the history of the National Basketball Association, 77-year-old Wayne Embry's legacy is forever etched in stone. Being inducted into the NCAS Hall of Fame is just another feather in the cap of a man whose accomplishments as both a player and executive reach levels that very few could hope to achieve. The National Consortium for Academics and...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

Raptors Ride Strong First Half, Cruise to 109-90 Win Against OKC

The Raptors took this one comfortably after a 37 point burst in the 2nd quarter. Bruno Caboclo did things. What promised to at least be a competitive affair ended up being somewhat of a dud, as the Raptors never looked back after opening a double digit lead at the end of the 2nd quarter. There were a few notable occurrences this game. Firstly, Bruno Caboclo can ball. The unfortunate part about the NBA Draft coverage is that our opinions about players are often shaped by singular opinions. When Fran Fraschilla expressed that he felt Bruno was "two years away from being two years away," one...
Daily Thunder Oct 17, 2014

Preseason Thoughts: Raptors 109, Thunder 90

The Thunder did some things in Friday's game against the Raptors.
CelticsBlog Oct 17, 2014

Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Great expectations

The Raptors are coming off of the highest win total in franchise history. With Kyle Lowry and head coach Dwane Casey locked into new long-term deals, can the Raptors make some more noise in the playoffs in 2015? Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Prepare for High Expectations - Raptors HQ Where does the team go from here? It sounds greedy to ask for more, and foolhardy to jump too far ahead, but it's hard not to think on where the Raptors can go next. On the one hand, much of the team's young nucleus is signed to reasonable contracts for the next few years. On the other hand, how much...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Charlotte Hornets

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Charlotte Hornets "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Joshua Priemski of At The Hive. 1. Can the Hornets survive the Lance...
Raptors HQ Oct 17, 2014

Toronto Raptors 2014-15 Preview: Prepare for High Expectations

As part of SB Nation's 2014-15 NBA team previews, we take a look at the Toronto Raptors and their campaign to build on the most successful season in franchise history. Toronto Raptors Last Year's Record: 48-34 Key Losses: None (unless Steve Novak and John Salmons counts) Key Additions: Lou Williams, James Johnson, tremendous optimism 1. What Significant Moves were made during the off-season? The easy answer here points to the Toronto Raptors trading of John Salmons for Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira. Williams joins the team after a down year in Atlanta, but has the twin pedigree of a...
Raptors HQ Oct 16, 2014

The League's New TV Deal Could Mean A Very Rich Contract For DeMar DeRozan

A player's contract in the context of how a team is constructed, and what it means for the Raptors and their star shooting guard. Last week, the league announced a new television deal that will double the annual broadcast rights fee compared to the current agreement. There are various components involved in translating this increase in basketball-related revenue to an increase in the salary cap figure, but what we know for sure is that there will be a significant jump in that number at the start of the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal kicks in. How this impacts the Raptors...
Raptors HQ Oct 16, 2014

Raptors Win Ugly Against Boston 92-89 Thanks To A Late Lou Williams Three

Lou Williams hit a go-ahead three late in the fourth quarter to save us from preseason overtime. Lou Williams saved everybody from the living hell that is pre-season overtime, as he hit a game winning triple to give the Raps their third straight victory this preseason: Horrible quality but here's the Lou Williams game winner. https://t.co/1BZiUXLpOO — Kevin Rashidi (@KevinRashidi) October 16, 2014 Not much to praise tonight as very similar to Monday night, almost every player was missing their shooting stroke, besides Williams, who looked very sharp tonight as he scored 15 points...
CelticsBlog Oct 15, 2014

Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors: 92-89: Celtics lose near comeback to Raptors

The Celtics lost their fifth preseason game to the Toronto Raptors 92-89. Marcus Smart almost singlehandedly sparked a Celtics comeback with sheer effort, but Lou Williams hit a huge three-pointer to seal the win for the Raptors. The Celtics lost their fifth preseason game of the season 92-89 to the Raptors.  After losing to the Raptors last Friday, the Celtics were looking to redeem themselves in Maine.  The Celtics never stopped competing and almost came up with an improbable comeback.  They scored 9 points in the last 2 minutes just to have Lou Williams steal their glory with a last...
Raptors HQ Oct 15, 2014

CBA 101: Trades

Daniel Hackett continues his CBA 101 series with a look at the various rules that apply to trades in the NBA. Hey all. Welcome to the third in a series of posts where I'll be outlining the basic rules of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Again, useful sources for more information on the salary cap include the CBA itself and of course Larry Coon's CBAfaq.com. In the last post, I talked about the luxury tax, wrapping up our big picture discussion of the cap thresholds.  In this post, we'll move on to the first of our more specific topics: trade rules. Salary Matching In our...
Raptors HQ Oct 15, 2014
Should the Raptors Have an Interest in Jeff Green?

Should the Raptors Have an Interest in Jeff Green?

Based on total speculation, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green may be on the trading block. Should the Raptors get involved? In Zach Lowe's latest mega-predictions column on Grantland he tosses the Raptors into the mix as a potential suitor for Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green. After rhyming off a few other teams and trade options, Lowe says: The Raptors have bad memories of Joe Johnson bulldozing them in the post, and they have all their own picks, plus the midsize expiring deals linked to Landry Fields and Chuck Hayes. It got me thinking. Jeff Green is a 6'9'', 235 pound forward that...
Raptors HQ Oct 14, 2014

Reviewing The Tape: A Closer Look At Bruno Caboclo's Performance Against The New York Knicks

With video evidence, we take a look at how the rookie fared on both ends on the floor on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Bruno Caboclo played 13 minutes on Monday against the New York Knicks, and that was probably the only meaningful thing that came out of another forgettable preseason game. This being the preseason and Caboclo being such an unknown, I've decided to review the tape and take a closer look at his performance. All video clips below are from here. 1. The challenges on the defensive end Even before he becomes comfortable as an individual defender, Caboclo is already showing...
Raptors HQ Oct 14, 2014
20Q's: How Will the Raptors Do This Season?

20Q's: How Will the Raptors Do This Season?

The Raptors HQ staff takes a quick turn at predicting how the Raptors' season will go down. 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. Who will be the Raptors' MVP this season? Harsh Dave: I wouldn't have a problem with Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry here. JV's role should increase this...
Raptors HQ Oct 14, 2014

Raptors Announce They've Exercised Fourth Year Options On Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross

Both will be eligible to sign an extension with the team next year, or potentially hit restricted free agency after their fourth season File this under not surprising at all, merely housekeeping news. The Raptors officially announced today they've exercised fourth year options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terence Ross: The @Raptors have exercised the 4th-year team options on Valanciunas and Ross. Both contracts now guaranteed through 2015-16 season. #rtz — RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 14, 2014 The fourth year extensions will pay the following: According to resident contract genius...
Raptors HQ Oct 13, 2014

Raptors, Knicks Agree to End Preseason Game with Toronto in the Lead 81-76

An ugly preseason game at MSG comes to an end with the Raptors winning 81-76 against the New York Knicks. In what many would regard as a feat of peak preseason, the Raptors and Knicks opened their game tonight with a first quarter that ended in a 12-12 tie. Yes, it was that kind of game. Raptors vs. Knicks: Game in Six Seconds: http://t.co/i2W26loMd6 (via @_youhadonejob)— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) October 14, 2014 Regardless, the Raptors did stick it out for an 81-76 win. By the end of the evening the Dinos had managed to get their field goal percentage up to a balmy 40.3 percent. The...
Raptors HQ Oct 13, 2014

The Raptors Have Been Focusing On The Transition Game In Practice

The team ranked in the bottom ten in possessions per 48 minutes last season. Look for that to change this season. Via Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun, the Raptors have been focusing on the transition game in practice: "We think we can have a better transition game this year," assistant coach Tom Sterner said after practice on Saturday. "We can do a better job off of steals off of offensive rebounds ... these guys can all run. We’re going to put a big emphasis on transitioning, from a (defensive) stop or a defensive rebound to getting a score." The team works on the transition game...
Raptors HQ Oct 13, 2014

The Crossover: Five Questions About The Brooklyn Nets

Training camps have started around the league and the season opener will be here before you know it. To prepare for the new season, we're speaking with other SB Nation sites about their teams. Today: the Brooklyn Nets. "The Crossover" is a season preview series we're running here at Raptors HQ in which we'll talk to other SB Nation team sites in the Eastern Conference to give us an idea of what to expect from the competition, what their expectations are for both their own team and the Raptors. Today, we talk to Tom Lorenzo of Nets Daily. 1. What would constitute a successful season for...
Raptors HQ Oct 13, 2014

Timelapse: From Hockey Rink To Basketball Arena

Also, the 3D logo is gone, so say goodbye to optical illusions on your television. Here's a cool video posted by the official Raptors YouTube page last week, showing the Air Canada Centre crew turning the hockey rink into a basketball court as the team prepared for its first preseason game on Friday against the Boston Celtics. Are timelapse videos still a thing? I remember seeing a lot of them a few years ago. Anyways, this one is pretty neat.

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