Raptors Cage

Raptors Cage team voices their opinions on Toronto’s 29th pick

The NBA Draft is officially under 12 hours away, and barring any trades out of the top thirty, the Toronto Raptors will be making their initial first-round selection since 2017. With the recent success that the Raptors have had drafting in the twenties (OG Anunoby at the 20th pick in 2017, Pascal Siakam at the … Read more

Evaluating the Raptors roster needs

In organizations where people are the key resources that dictate performance, human resource managers often use replacement charts to visualize which employees can, and will replace their outgoing co-workers. In the basketball realm, replacement charts could be equated to teams’ depth charts – something that is used both formally by teams, and casually by the … Read more

The Late 20’s: Tyler Bey Scouting Report

Name: Tyler Bey Dominant Hand: Right Age: 22.7 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 7’1 Weight: 215 lbs School: Colorado Position: PF ESPN Top 100 Ranking: Unranked NBADraft.Net Mock Ranking: 26 Upbringing & Early Career Tyler Bey was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, by his single mother, Toya Mays. Unlike most modern basketball standouts who have … Read more

Three draft prospects to monitor if the Raptors trade up

This year’s NBA Draft is touted by many scouts and experts to be relatively weaker than other classes. There are no standout prospects whom one would dare to label “the next LeBron James”, as we’ve done so many times in the past. Rather, this year’s draft class really has two tiers. There are the “pretty … Read more

The Late 20’s: Leandro Bolmaro Scouting Report

Name: Leandro Bolmaro Dominant Hand: Right Age: 20.1 Height: 6’7 Wingspan: 6’9 Weight: 185 lbs School: N/A – Last played for FC Barcelona of EuroLeague Position: SG ESPN Top 100 Ranking: N/A NBADraft.Net Mock Ranking: 36 Upbringing & Early Career Leandro Bolmaro is one of the most intriguing international prospects of the 2020 draft. Born … Read more

The Late 20’s: Zeke Nnaji Scouting Report

Name: Ezekiel Tobechukwu “Zeke” Nnaji Dominant Hand: Right Age: 19.8 Height: 6’11 Wingspan: 7’1 Weight: 240 lbs School: Arizona Position: PF/C ESPN Top 100 Ranking: 34 NBADraft.Net Mock Ranking: 27 Character & Upbringing The character of a young athlete who is handed a multi-million dollar contract as a mere teenager is one of the greatest … Read more

The Late 20’s: Paul Reed Scouting Report

Name: Paul Reed Dominant Hand: Right Age: 20.8 Height: 6’9 Wingspan: 7’1 (no exact measurement found) Weight: 220 lbs School: DePaul Position: PF/SF ESPN Top 100 Ranking: Unranked NBADraft.Net Mock Ranking: 37 Character Character is often an overlooked aspect when it comes to scouting an athlete. However, in the NBA alone, we have seen too … Read more

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 more

Dewan Hernandez Could Be a Steal

In the NBA, it is not often that a late second-round-pick has the opportunity to sign a multi-year NBA contract with any guaranteed money. Last night, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported just that: The Toronto Raptors and the 59th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft had agreed to a three-year, partially guaranteed contract, making … Read more