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May 26, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: More Raptors pre-draft workouts are coming

NBA Draft 2017: More Raptors pre-draft workouts are coming

Just when you thought it was safe to relax into the summer. The Raptors have the 23rd pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and you can be dang sure they’re going to use it. (Well, OK, you can’t be entirely sure they’re going to use it, they may trade it, or some other cataclysmic event could occur, but let’s keep our perspective here.) As such, Toronto’s front office has announced another wave of pre-draft workout dates. Get excited. Keep your eyes open on May 30, plus June 5, 6, and 7th for incoming potential draftees, as the Raptors will host players at the BioSteel Centre on all...
May 25, 2017
Dwane Casey confirms he’ll return as head coach of the Raptors

Dwane Casey confirms he’ll return as head coach of the Raptors

Now let’s all be reasonable about this. Over the last two days, word has come from Dwane Casey himself confirming a return to the bench for the Raptors as their head coach. I’m sure everyone will be reasonable about this news. You can listen to today’s audio with Naylor & Landsberg at TSN 1050 here. And from yesterday, Casey spoke with the Fan 590’s Jeff Blair about the team’s “culture reset” and how things stand with the Raptors. All in all, I’d say Casey is doing his due diligence for his role in Toronto’s future. He also remains intensely likeable, even if you happen to...
May 25, 2017
Report: Raptors to receive 2018 second round pick for executive Jeff Weltman

Report: Raptors to receive 2018 second round pick for executive Jeff Weltman

Isn’t that special? The Raptors stay winning deals, and the Magic keep losing them. As reported by the all-mightly Woj, Toronto is set to receive a generous gift from Orlando as compensation for their installing Jeff Weltman as team president. Sources: As compensation for Weltman hire, Orlando will send Toronto the least favorable of the two second-round picks it controls in 2018.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 25, 2017 Admittedly, a less favourable second round pick in 2018 isn’t a huge haul. The Magic will likely still be bad by then — as they’ll be tanking to...
May 25, 2017
Player Review: Jakob Poeltl still isn’t sexy, but he might be pretty good

Player Review: Jakob Poeltl still isn’t sexy, but he might be pretty good

Jakob Poeltl’s rookie season was exciting in a totally boring kind of way. There existed a scenario in which the player the Raptors drafted with the ninth pick in the 2017 draft — the pick acquired in the Andrea Bargnani trade — would result in a net loss for the Raptors. Sure, the odds were slim that the incoming rookie would prove to be so unbelievably bad at basketball as to make Raptors fans long for the days of everyone’s least-favourite pasta shill, but for every DeMar DeRozan or Gordon Hayward taken with the ninth pick, there’s a Mike Sweetney or Trey Burke. Thankfully...
May 25, 2017
Why I’m a fan of the Toronto Raptors

Why I’m a fan of the Toronto Raptors

With HQ’s new look, it’s time to remember and share why we’re all fans of this team in the first place. Share your story in the FanPost section and you’ll be entered in a contest to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. Welcome to the refreshed Raptors HQ! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the...
May 24, 2017
Player Review: Finding value in Cory Joseph’s up and down year

Player Review: Finding value in Cory Joseph’s up and down year

Joseph’s role with the Raptors varied wildly this season, and his future may be uncertain, but he’s proven his worth anyway. There isn’t a player currently on the Toronto Raptors roster who could see more fluctuation in his role than incumbent back-up point guard Cory Joseph. After an up-and-down season, Joseph has shown himself to be a capable back-up, who is probably best suited for exactly that job. As he enters his age-26 season, there is undoubtedly still room for improvement, but also a prevailing feeling of “what you see is what you get” with the Toronto-born guard —...
May 23, 2017
Player Review: DeMar DeRozan adds another breakout campaign

Player Review: DeMar DeRozan adds another breakout campaign

Take a look back at DeRozan’s recent rise to super-stardom, and the best season in his career. September 15, 2016. The day Sports Illustrated released their annual list of the NBA’s top 100 players. Not so coincidentally, this day was also significant for one DeMar DeRozan. FOH. 46— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016 DeMar — coming off a career season and a conference finals appearance — was not particularly content with his place among the league’s finest. Dwight Howard, Steven Adams, Andre Iguodala, and eventual teammate Serge Ibaka all took their places...
May 23, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors invite another six players in for workouts

NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors invite another six players in for workouts

And the Canadian content is at an all-time high. Today’s the last announced date of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. They’ve got six more players in Toronto at the BioSteel Centre this morning. Owing, I assume, to CanCon regulations, three of said players are Canadian. That’s 50 percent! Here’s the list of who’s in town this morning: Isaiah Briscoe, Guard, 6-1, Kentucky Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Guard, 6-4, Florida State Justin Jackson, Forward, 6-6, Maryland MiKyle McIntosh, Forward, 6-7, Illinois State Sebastian Saiz, Forward, 6-7, Ole Miss Johnathan Motley, Forward, 6-8,...
May 22, 2017
Player Review: The long road ahead for Fred VanVleet

Player Review: The long road ahead for Fred VanVleet

The undrafted rookie cracked an NBA squad, but he still has a ways to go. After playing for the Toronto Raptors at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, undrafted rookie Fred VanVleet got an invite to training camp. There, he was one of six guys competing for one free roster spot. Though VanVleet did not have a particularly impactful season as a Raptor, the fact that he made the team and was signed to a multi-year deal should count as a massive personal success. He beat out decent players like Brady Heslip, Yanick Moreira and E.J Singler, who each helped Raptors 905 — the NBA team’s D-League...
May 22, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors work out six more draft prospects today

NBA Draft 2017: The Raptors work out six more draft prospects today

Semi Ojeleye headlines the latest batch of players to come through Toronto. In advance of the NBA Draft, some new recruits are in Toronto’s BioSteel centre today to get worked out by the Raptors staff. While the rest of us are sleeping in on this glorious long weekend, the grind continues. The 23rd pick awaits. Here’s the latest batch of players: Tyler Dorsey, Guard, 6-3, Oregon Kobi Simmons, Guard, 6-3, Arizona Dillon Brooks, Forward, 6-5, Oregon Semi Ojeleye, Forward, 6-5, SMU Markis McDuffie, Forward, 6-8, Wichita State Johnathan Williams, Forward, 6-8, Gonzaga According to our...
May 19, 2017
Player Review: The weird, surprising season of Pascal Siakam

Player Review: The weird, surprising season of Pascal Siakam

The late first-round pick had a great chance to prove himself, and while he didn’t quite manage it, he also didn’t suck. Despite great opportunity, Pascal Siakam did not have a great season. As a late first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Siakam came to the Toronto Raptors last summer as an expected bench warmer, filling spot minutes alongside the likes of Delon Wright and fellow rookie Jakob Poeltl. But, despite the team’s standing as a power in the Eastern Conference, a talent gap at power forward opened the door wide open for the lanky rookie out of New Mexico State University....
May 18, 2017
Listen: Masai Ujiri talks Lowry and the Raptors off-season on the radio

Listen: Masai Ujiri talks Lowry and the Raptors off-season on the radio

Thanks to the TSN 1050’s OverDrive, the Raptors President had a few things to say about his team. For a man who does not like to reveal the inner workings of his mind, Masai Ujiri certainly has talked a whole bunch since the Raptors’ ouster from the playoffs nine days ago. The Raptors president went on TSN’s OverDrive this afternoon to discuss the state of the team and the future. Have a listen here. Here are some of the key things Ujiri said: Masai highlighted his distaste for mid-season trades, but said he felt it was worthwhile in this case because it would give the team access to...
May 18, 2017
DeMar DeRozan named to 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team

DeMar DeRozan named to 2016-17 All-NBA Third Team

The Raptors All-Star can add yet another wonderful qualification to his resume. After the best season of his career, DeMar DeRozan has been named to the All-NBA Third Team, marking him as one of the best 15 players in the league this past season. The Raptors All-Star is joined by Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, and John Wall — and DeMar even received three first place votes. Not bad. Here’s a breakdown of the entire vote and all of the winners, straight from NBA.com: 2017 All-NBA vote totals ⬇️MORE: https://t.co/GRosn4OPk7 #NBA pic.twitter.com/Zr4x5YVkAh— NBA.com...
May 18, 2017
Player Review: Bringing up Bebe’s role in Toronto

Player Review: Bringing up Bebe’s role in Toronto

Looking back at the season of Lucas Nogueira, the one-time backup centre who lost his spot in the Raptors’ rotation. Somewhere on the way up, the Bebe brand, once built on a solid base of fun and positivity, crumbled into abject sadness. I have to own some of that, suffusing as I did the weekly Bringing Up Bebe column with as much pensive gloom as I could muster. But the work — or absence thereof — Lucas Nogueira put in on the court for the Raptors was the primary reason for this decay. At the start of the season, Nogueira had hopes of becoming respected as an NBA player. It was his...
May 18, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: The pre-draft workouts in Toronto continue

NBA Draft 2017: The pre-draft workouts in Toronto continue

Only two names on the board today, but the Raptors are back at it with more prospects. The NBA Draft waits for no man. Today at the BioSteel centre, the Raptors are back at it again with two new prospects and a rigorous morning workout. Who’s in Toronto today you ask? Here are the names: Tyler Cavanaugh, Forward, 6-9, George Washington TJ Leaf, Forward, 6-10, UCLA The big name here is obvious: Leaf. He’s been consistently ranked in the low to mid-20s on most mock drafts, and Draft Express’ list is no different. He’s in at no. 26 on their Top 100 Prospects list, and in their...