6:59 PM EDT, Thu September 21, 2017
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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...
4 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...
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...
Sep 19, 2017
Who is the Raptor most likely to embarrass himself on social media?

Who is the Raptor most likely to embarrass himself on social media?

We need to get to the bottom of this. Yesterday, poor emotive Kevin Durant tweeted something. This would be no big deal — except he tweeted in the voice of different account while forgetting to log out of his actual account. There could be a benign explanation to this. Maybe his social media guy has the KD account linked to another account and meant to write something as himself but wrote it as KD instead. This could make sense. Or maybe... maybe Durant is trawling social media, searching out his name, and looking to talk shit and defend himself from a safe distance. And in truth, I get...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...