Raptors Cage

Assessing the early returns on the Anunoby-Barnes-Siakam frontcourt

When the Toronto Raptors drafted Scottie Barnes fourth overall at the 2021 NBA Draft, they shocked the world – not because Barnes was undeserving of a top-four selection, but because his counterpart, Jalen Suggs, was picked by the consensus to don a dinosaur this season. Also, with this pick, the Raptors revealed how their roster … Read more

How the return of Siakam and Watanabe could affect the Raptors rotation

75 years ago, the NBA hosted its first game in Toronto, Canada, between two teams named the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies. On November 1st 2021, when the NBA celebrated its 75th anniversary, the New York Knicks hosted the Toronto Raptors at the Madison Square Garden, where the Raptors emerged victorious, clinching their … Read more

3 themes from the first 2 weeks of the Raptors season

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already two weeks deep into the 2021-2022 NBA season, and there is a lot to unpack from around the league. Kyrie Irving still hasn’t suited up for the Brooklyn Nets. The Philadelphia 76ers and Ben Simmons seem to be no nearer to a resolution than they were at their … Read more

First-week check-in on Scottie Barnes and Dalano Banton

There are few players in the Toronto Raptors franchise history whose debuts were as anticipated as that of Scottie Barnes. The fourth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft sits near the top of a short list that includes the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Vince Carter, Jonas Valanciunas, Andrea Bargnani, and Hedo Turkoglu. After a … Read more

Raptors Cage’s 2021-2022 season awards predictions

We are exactly five days deep into the new NBA season, and in typical NBA fashion, there is no shortage of drama. Are the Los Angeles Lakers going to be as dominant as everyone expected them to be? Do the Brooklyn Nets need Kyrie Irving even more than we thought they did? Also, what does … Read more

4 Takeaways From The Raptors Home Opener

In the Toronto Raptors’ first game at Scotiabank Arena in 584 days – approximately five times the length of an average NBA offseason – the atmosphere was electric. As the team introductions began at around 7:30pm, all 19,800 fans in attendance donned their “we back” t-shirts with pride and shouted joyously to welcome the third-stringers … Read more

Raptors Cage’s Predictions For The 2021-2022 Season

Another season of NBA basketball is upon us, and it feels like things are all neatly back in place for the Toronto Raptors. Despite the squad existing devoid of one Kyle Lowry heading into Wednesday’s home opener, they will be playing in front of a full crowd at Scotiabank Arena once again. All eyes will … Read more

The Influence Vince Carter Had on the Toronto Raptors

While Canadian hockey has influenced the NHL and the wider world, it has been a steeper slope for basketball to pick up popularity in the great North. Fortunately, Vince Carter was able to play a pivotal role in developing Canadian basketball before moving on to new pastures. Although he left in 2004, Carter’s contribution will … Read more

A Best and Worst Case for the Raptors Part 2/2: Best Case

After an extremely difficult 2020-21 season the Toronto Raptors are coming back to Canada. The team looks much different than the last time they played at Scotiabank Arena. Only Pascal Siakam, Fred Vanvleet, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher are still on the roster. The team appears to be in a rebuilding phase, focusing on player … Read more