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Raptors HQ 18 hours ago
NBA Future Power Rankings: Where will the Raptors be in three years?

NBA Future Power Rankings: Where will the Raptors be in three years?

We’re looking to the future again today, with the help of ESPN’s future power rankings. As the old adage goes, the future is unwritten. But, since basketball writers many don’t care about old adages — we’re looking for that new shit, baby! — the future tends to get written about a lot. ESPN’s crack squad of prognosticators was at it again today with a look at where the NBA’s teams will be in three years. They called it the NBA Future Power Rankings. In the column, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks run each team through some sort of math formula and blah blah blah we get a...
Raptors HQ 20 hours ago
Raptors 905 set schedule for the 2018 G-League Showcase

Raptors 905 set schedule for the 2018 G-League Showcase

Get ready to watch more G-League basketball than you thought was possible in a four day stretch. As reported last month, the 2018 NBA G-League Showcase will be back in Mississauga for the coming season. From January 10th to 13th, the entire development basketball world descending on the GTA for wall-to-wall hoops action. According to the press release, the Showcase will be played concurrently on two courts: the main Hershey Centre court, where the Raptors 905 play, and the adjacent Mississauga SportZone, which has a cool name. (Worry not, game times will be staggered to allow you to...
Raptors HQ Sep 20, 2017
Raptors Player Rankings for 2021: Let’s peer into the future

Raptors Player Rankings for 2021: Let’s peer into the future

As SB Nation continues its insane (and fun) prognostication for 2021, let’s review their assessment of the Raptors. The braintrust at SB Nation’s NBA front page is in the midst of publishing something truly insane. No, it’s not a projection of the 2021 NBA Draft (though I imagine that’s up somewhere right now), it’s something a lot more wild: a ranking of the 101 top players in the NBA — [in an extremely high-pitched LaBamba voice] — in the year 2021. My friends, as a purveyor of all things rankings, I am here for it. The 2021 list of the top 101 players as of today can be...
Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2017
Raptors announce TV broadcast schedule for 2017-18 season

Raptors announce TV broadcast schedule for 2017-18 season

The TV information is here. Get ready to watch a lot of Raptors. It’s definitely time to start getting fired up for the coming NBA season. To help rev your engine, we’ve got the official TV broadcast schedule for your Toronto Raptors in 2017-18. Adjust your evening plans (and TV package purchases) accordingly. Here’s the exceedingly small text: Looking for the Raptors on TV? You're all set. pic.twitter.com/V8LHO54r4T— Daniel Reynolds (@aka_Reynolds) September 19, 2017 As per the official pre-release, here’s a summary of some of the details: 41 regular season home games will...
Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2017
Casey speaks on changes, the young players, and Vince Carter

Casey speaks on changes, the young players, and Vince Carter

During a Q&A with TSN staff, Dwane Casey had some thoughts and feelings on the Raptors. As we approach the new Raptors, it means welcoming any and all chatter heard around the league. Today, however, we’re dispensing with the qualifier “any and all” and getting to something specific: the words and wisdom of one, Dwane Casey, head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Yesterday, TSN’s Josh Lewenberg tweeted a series of clips of Casey speaking to the assembled staff about said incoming Raptors season. There’s not a ton of revelation here, but it always interesting to listen to Casey sand...
Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2017
After Taxes: Kyle Lowry’s net salary explained

After Taxes: Kyle Lowry’s net salary explained

A quick note on how much Lowry makes after deductions, as compared to other NBA players. Much is made of how much professional athletes make. Some (dummies) argue they should make a lot less, others (rightly in some cases) argue they should make a lot more. But what’s usually left out of the conversation is the differentiation between gross and net pay. If you’ve ever worked an actual salaried position in your life, you know those are two vastly different things. The Raptors’ Kyle Lowry is set to make a ton of money next year. According to the assessment released today by ESPN’s...
Raptors HQ Sep 15, 2017
Three Raptors make the cut in ESPN’s NBA Rank of the Top 100 players

Three Raptors make the cut in ESPN’s NBA Rank of the Top 100 players

But which Raptors? And, most crucially, where are they? We are not done with the rankings, the rankings will never be done with us. In all things related to the ranking of NBA players in advance of the season, we shall never be free. Yesterday, ESPN’s NBA rank came to a conclusion with a ranking of the top 10 players in the league. This, after they ran through a list of the other 90 best players. As you already know, the Raptors popped up on the list a few times. Here is the summary of those moments. On Serge Ibaka at no. 69: Stats & Info: Although the addition of Ibaka didn't result in...
Raptors HQ Sep 13, 2017
Kyle Lowry comes in at 19 on SI’s Top 100 Players of 2018 ranking

Kyle Lowry comes in at 19 on SI’s Top 100 Players of 2018 ranking

The best player on the Raptors continues to be one of the best players in the NBA. Kyle Lowry, the Raptors‘ undisputed leader, finally appeared on Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA players of 2018 list. Even at 31, amid uncertainty about his future with the Raptors, Lowry can still lay a hurt on teams. We knew he’d make it into the top 25, and guessed he’d probably crack the top 20. Now we know for certain. According to Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney, Lowry is the 19th best player in the league. Here’s an excerpt from their summary: 19. KYLE LOWRY, RAPTORS Lowry (22.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG,...
Raptors HQ Sep 12, 2017
DeMar DeRozan makes it to no. 36 on SI’s Top 100 players of 2018 list

DeMar DeRozan makes it to no. 36 on SI’s Top 100 players of 2018 list

Will he be happy? There’s been no comment from DeRozan as of yet. The Sports Illustrated Top 100 players of 2018 ranking continues today with a list of players from numbers 50 to 31. (What a canny move on SI’s part to stretch this thing out to three days.) As expected, there’s another Raptor in the mix: DeMar DeRozan. And as my headline gave away: he’s in at number 36 on the list. Now of course, the big question: is that a fair assessment? First, let’s read what Rob Mahoney of SI fame had to say: 36. DEMAR DEROZAN, RAPTORS Every year we relitigate the case of DeMar DeRozan,...
Raptors HQ Sep 11, 2017
First half of SI’s Top 100 NBA players of 2018 includes a couple Raptors

First half of SI’s Top 100 NBA players of 2018 includes a couple Raptors

But who cracked the first half of the list? And where are they ranked? It’s time for the annual tradition we all know and love: ranking NBA players in advance of the upcoming regular season. Unlike ESPN’s extensive NBA Rank rigmarole, in which they rank every dang player in the league, the team at Sports Illustrated’s The Crossover has opted for a top 100 approach. Kudos to them for the restraint. As befitting a top five conference team, and a top, let’s say, 10 playoff team, the Raptors have a few players in the bottom half of the list. (SI will reveal the top half tomorrow.) The...
Raptors HQ Sep 8, 2017
New “North” jerseys coming for the Raptors?

New “North” jerseys coming for the Raptors?

Rumours are flying around — on the internet! — that Toronto may have a new jersey on the way. Far be it for me to report on unsubstantiated rumour, but apparently the Raptors may have a new jersey to which we can all look forward. Over at Sports Logos dot net, which is a thing, a very credible source (according to content creator Conrad Burry) has determined that there is a new “North” jersey on the way for Toronto. Peep this tweet: Via a fairly credible source on @sportslogosnet forums, info about the Raptors Community uni. Full post + a mockup https://t.co/4QuHesHbKG...
Raptors HQ Sep 7, 2017
Cinematic Inspiration: TIFF 17 Recommendations for the Raptors

Cinematic Inspiration: TIFF 17 Recommendations for the Raptors

With the Toronto International Film Festival (and the NBA season) starting soon, it’s time to refresh with film and dish out some recommendations. The Toronto International Film Festival is back today, but in many ways, it never really went away. All year films were out there being made, all year the organization’s programming staff travelled the world looking to discover new, worthwhile pieces of art, and all year TIFF’s website churned mercilessly in the shadows, awaiting and anticipating our collective doom (but that’s neither here nor there). All of that work culminates with...
Raptors HQ Sep 6, 2017
FIBA EuroBasket 2017: How’s Jonas Valanciunas doing?

FIBA EuroBasket 2017: How’s Jonas Valanciunas doing?

After a slow start, the Raptors big man is doing what he can to help Lithuania reach the final of Europe’s biggest basketball tournament. The one true large adult son of the Raptors, Jonas Valanciunas, is having himself a time in this year’s FIBA Eurobasket tournament. Unlike his trials last year, when it seemed as though Jonas was going through an existential crisis — a big no-no for your average large adult son — this time out, JV is ripping and running and urging Lithuania on to a successful tourney. Earlier today, Jonas and the Lithuanian men’s national team played their final...
Raptors HQ Sep 1, 2017
Raptors What Ifs: Butch Carter and the legacy of Tracy McGrady

Raptors What Ifs: Butch Carter and the legacy of Tracy McGrady

If Butch Carter maintained his sanity, would Tracy McGrady have stayed a Toronto Raptor? If so, what happens next? In ranking the most controversial Raptors figures named Carter, it would be difficult to place anyone above Vince. In fact, many would have difficulty even naming another Carter in Toronto lore. There is, however, a different, oft-forgotten Carter who stars in his own scandalous tale, shrouded in mystery, having played an instrumental role in one of the largest What Ifs in Raptors history. Once upon a time, the Raptors employed a coach, Butch Carter, with a shrewd basketball...
Raptors HQ Aug 29, 2017
MLSE reaches $800 million agreement to rename the ACC the Scotiabank Arena

MLSE reaches $800 million agreement to rename the ACC the Scotiabank Arena

It’s the end of an era for a name that will forever be connected to some of the finest Raptors memories. As Newstalk 1010 and other breaking news sources are reporting, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has agreed to rename their arena — and beloved institution? — the Air Canada Centre. As of July 1st, 2018, the building will be called the Scotiabank Arena. The 20-year deal with the bank to change the name is apparently worth $800 million. I’m no financial expert but that strikes me as a lot of cash. #BREAKING: MLSE has reached an agreement to rename the Air Canada Centre...
Raptors HQ Aug 25, 2017
Kobe Bryant Issues Challenge to DeMar DeRozan

Kobe Bryant Issues Challenge to DeMar DeRozan

The Mamba has spoken. Kobe Bryant turned 39 on Wednesday. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to issue personal challenges to everyone including Isaiah Thomas, Kendrick Lamar, Richard Sherman, and our own DeMar DeRozan: .@DeMar_DeRozan I challenge you to rekindle a lost friendship from your youth in Compton #MambaMentality pic.twitter.com/82XF2elJ1f— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 24, 2017 Earlier this summer, DeRozan conducted a lengthy Q&A with ESPN’s The Undefeated’s Marc Spears while holding a free basketball camp for 110 boys and girls ages 6 to 16 in Compton, California....
Raptors HQ Aug 24, 2017
Raptors 905 release their 2017-18 G-League schedule

Raptors 905 release their 2017-18 G-League schedule

The title defense begins on November 5th. Get ready. Today, the Raptors 905 released its schedule for the coming 2017-18 season. The GTA’s other basketball team will begin their G-League title defense on November 5th. If you’re into seeing Bruno Caboclo (now in his fourth year!) ply his trade, the Raptors 905 are for you. The schedule can be found here. The 905’s first home game, the all-important championship banner unveiling, is on November 8th. In all, there are 50 games on the schedule for the Mississauga-based squad, 24 at home, 24 on the road, and two to be played during the...
Raptors HQ Aug 24, 2017
NBA 2K18 names its All-Time Raptors team for the upcoming video game

NBA 2K18 names its All-Time Raptors team for the upcoming video game

And there is at least one extremely surprising choice on the squad. As we reported a couple weeks back, the noteworthy electronic basketball video game NBA 2K18 is set to feature a league of what’s being referred to as All-Time teams. That is to say, rosters made up of each franchise’s best players in history. For the Raptors, the names to be included here are obvious. So obvious, in fact, I can rhyme of initials and you’ll get the jist — VC, T-Mac, CB, etc. I still feel my assembled 15-man roster featuring the apex players from the peak eras of the Raptors is an open and shut case....
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2017
Raptors 905 lose DeAndre Daniels and James Siakam in G-League expansion draft

Raptors 905 lose DeAndre Daniels and James Siakam in G-League expansion draft

The G-League expansion draft happened this afternoon and unfortunately that means saying goodbye to a pair of 905ers. Earlier today the four new teams set to join the G-League next season held their expansion draft. The new franchises making the picks were the Erie BayHawks, Wisconsin Herd, Memphis Hustle and the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. [Ed. note: what a name!] The rules of the expansion draft were as follows: There were 11 rounds total, with no more than two players may be selected for each team . The selected players’ rights will be retained for two seasons (2017-18 and...
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2017
What the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade means for the Raptors

What the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade means for the Raptors

An out-of-nowhere mega trade between the East’s two top teams means a lot to Toronto, but it’s mostly not good news. You’ll forgive Raptors fans their glee as news trickled — exploded? — out that Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. Despite three runs to the Finals, the miraculous 2016 title, and a fearsome choke hold on the entire Eastern Conference — not to mention getting the chance to play with the best player on the face of the planet — Irving was apparently unhappy. We’ll never know the exact reasoning behind Irving’s feelings, but we...

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