Toronto Raptors: 3 biggest strengths of the Raptors roster

Toronto Raptors: 3 biggest strengths of the Raptors roster

After years of contending for a championship, the Toronto Raptors may take a slight step backward this season, as their roster of young players will likely not have the firepower to compete with elite teams like the Nets, Bucks, or 76ers. However, Masai Ujiri has been very open and upfront about the fact that this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over 3 No. 8 seed contenders

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over 3 No. 8 seed contenders

The Toronto Raptors may not be expected to compete for a championship after finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference last year, but there is optimism that they could return to the postseason, as the infrastructure of this team is strong and adaptable enough to help them bounce back. Toronto managed to retain Gary Trent Jr. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Kawhi Leonard leaving is a failure without an MVP or championship

Raptors: Kawhi Leonard leaving is a failure without an MVP or championship

The Toronto Raptors might’ve exited the championship picture a long time ago, but Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers have officially joined the Raptors despite a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals. Against Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton, a deep Suns team was too much to handle, and Phoenix beat them […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Why the Oklahoma City Thunder could be Toronto’s saving grace

Toronto Raptors: Why the Oklahoma City Thunder could be Toronto’s saving grace

The Toronto Raptors were expected to compete for a championship this season, while the Oklahoma City Thunder were selling off any warm body that had any trade value in the name of getting some extra draft capital for the future. Despite those two differing directives, it’s Mark Daigneault and the Thunder who have the better record […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Let’s review all 3 years of LeBron James in LeBronto era

After winning his fourth championship in more of a floor general role, it’s time to review each series the Toronto Raptors and LeBron James battled against each other and see the various styles LeBron had. Whether you like him or not, there is no arguing that LeBron James is one of the greatest players the […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Is Toronto Raptors championship perceived differently after Clippers’ loss?

When the Toronto Raptors won their championship, it felt as if Kawhi Leonard got more praise than the Raptors as a whole. Following the Toronto Raptors championship in 2019, much of the media and people gave the credit to Kawhi Leonard, which is somewhat fair. Without him, the Toronto Raptors most likely see a second-round […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors are the NBA’s new model of consistency

One year removed from their first-ever NBA championship and without a true superstar, the Toronto Raptors are still among the elite. They are now positioned as the NBA’s new model of consistency. Eight months removed winning the Larry O’Brien trophy in the Bay Area – for the first time in team history, no less – […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

World Juniors Report: Nick Robertson is Looking Good

This year’s World Junior Championship is underway and three Leafs prospects took the ice on Thursday afternoon in their first games of the tournament.
One of those prospects was 2019 second-round pick, Nicholas Robertson. The 18-year-old forward and his American teammates faced off against Team Canada in a high-event Boxing Day matchup.
Robertson started the tournament on the first line, to the left of Senators prospect Shane Pinto and Islanders first-rounder Oliver Wahlstrom. He was also deployed on the team’s top power-play unit. Team USA’s coaching staff seem to be high on Robertson, and for good reason – all he has done in the OHL this season, at the Summer Showcase this past summer, and in the recent pre-tournament games is work hard and score goals.
Thursday afternoon’s matchup against the Canadians was no different.
While Robertson did get off to a bit of a quiet start, the Leafs prospect and his linemates improved as the game progressed. As he typically does, Robertson made smart decisions with the puck, provided energy away from it, and eventually put up a couple of points.
Here are a few standout plays from his game:

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Masai Ujiri is a future Hall of Famer

After a championship summer, the Hall of Fame cases for current Toronto Raptors players were heavily debated. As it turns out, Masai Ujiri has a strong case to get in. In the middle of discussing the cases for Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol to make the Hall of Fame, one prominent factor of the Toronto […]
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Author: Justin Johnson / Raptors HQ

2020 World Series Odds: Opening Betting Futures

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Coming close to a championship helps shape World Series futures for the following autumn, but it is not necessarily a predictor of success.
One week after the Washington Nationals raised the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees have opened as +600 co-favorites on the 2020 World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Los Angeles Dodgers (+800), Atlanta Braves (+1200), Boston Red Sox (+1200), Cleveland Indians (+1500), the aforementioned Nationals (+1500), Philadelphia Phillies (+2000) and St. Louis Cardinals (+2200) are also high on the board at online betting sites.
Most casual fans are probably aware that no team has gone back-to-back since the 1998-2000 Yankees won three championships in a row. Something that might be lesser known is that recent World Series champions have not necessarily come off gangbuster seasons. The last eight champions averaged 84.5 wins in the season prior. Only the 2016 Chicago Cubs were coming off a season with 95-plus wins, while the 2018 Boston Red Sox are the only one who came into the season defending a division title.
With that said, the Astros have at least reached the ALCS round in three consecutive seasons and will, give or take Gerrit Cole, retain a nucleus that includes pitchers Justin …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation