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The Raptors: Dark Horse Finals Contenders

As we head into Orlando, all of the media sites have a few favourites. Some pick one of the two juggernauts in L.A, led by former Raptor Kawhi Leonard and Raptor Killer Lebron James. Others see the regular season domination of the Bucks and assume that it’s a wrap. I’m not going to necessarily disagree … Read moreThe Raptors: Dark Horse Finals Contenders

Why Norman Is Stormin

In a season highlighted by the rise of players such as Terence Davis and Chris Boucher, Pascal Siakam continuing growth as a star, OG Anunoby and Marc Gasol looking like all-defence players, Kyle Lowry failing to let father time catch up, and Fred VanVleet surprising some, it is easy for those not belonging to the … Read moreWhy Norman Is Stormin

Orlando’s mental toughness requirement favours the Raptors

Basketball this year isn’t going to be the same. Around ten games have been sliced off the end of the regular season calendar for the top 22 teams in the league, while the bottom 8 squads have been dismissed for golf season and won’t play an NBA game until December. There have been major alterations … Read moreOrlando’s mental toughness requirement favours the Raptors

Pascal Has Much More Room to Grow, and That’s Great

As I sat there, casually absorbing some statistical information, something had caught my eye; in wins, Pascal Siakam averages 25.0 PPG on a stellar .591% true shooting rate. In losses, those numbers spiral downwards to become 19.4 PPG on an abysmal .461% true shooting rate. While there was a stark difference in time played in … Read morePascal Has Much More Room to Grow, and That’s Great

Happy anniversary, Raptors fans

One year ago, Kyle Lowry walked out of the Toronto Raptors’ locker room in Oracle Arena. As he stepped foot out that door, his walk to glory began. It was a mere three days after the Raptors had lost in crushing fashion on their homecourt. On the night of January 10th, Toronto was up 3-1 … Read moreHappy anniversary, Raptors fans

Appreciating Nick Nurse – from management, to scheming, to bobbleheads

Looking back on the race to win the Toronto Raptors’ head coaching vacancy just a couple of summers ago, it’s hard to imagine what life would have been like if Nick Nurse had not been selected. What if one of the other finalists were picked instead? Would Ettore Messina, or Sarunas Jasikevecius have led the … Read moreAppreciating Nick Nurse – from management, to scheming, to bobbleheads

Do the Raptors still have a shot at repeating?

Last year at at this time, folks in Toronto were packing every sports merchandising store nearby, hoping to snatch up a Raptors jersey crested with the legendary #2. The more daring of us paid a visit to our barber shop and shocked everyone in sight when we walked out with braids, claiming we just wanted … Read moreDo the Raptors still have a shot at repeating?

Nick Nurse’s Resume, Short but Very Sweet

I still remember the summer of 2018 like it was yesterday. I would go to work, play countless hours of 2K, and gawk at my phone awaiting the news of the Toronto Raptors’ new head coach. It was a big decision; the Raptors former coach, Dwane Casey spent a seven year tenure with Toronto, a … Read moreNick Nurse’s Resume, Short but Very Sweet

Terence Davis – Undrafted yet Unbelievable

Masai Ujiri is globally recognized as one of, if not the best general manager (GM) in the NBA. From convincing the Knicks to give up a top-10 pick for Andrea Bargnani, to pulling off the Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol deals within the same season to eventually lead to the Raptors’ first ever championship, Masai … Read moreTerence Davis – Undrafted yet Unbelievable

The late 20’s: Aaron Nesmith Scouting Report

Name: Aaron Nesmith Dominant Hand: Right Age: 20.4 Height: 6’6 Wingspan: 6’10 Weight: 215 lbs School: Vanderbilt Position: SG/SF 2018 ESPN Top 100 Ranking: 69 NBADraft.Net Mock Ranking: 21 Passing: Passing is certainly the greatest shortcoming of Nesmith’s game. As a sophomore this season with a 6.7 minute per game increase, and a 5.6% usage … Read moreThe late 20’s: Aaron Nesmith Scouting Report