Toronto Raptors: Top 5 small forwards in franchise history

Toronto Raptors: Top 5 small forwards in franchise history

In the 25 years that the Toronto Raptors franchise has been around, the small forward position has rarely been jam-packed with talent. Compared to the depth and marquee names at the other positions, the SF role hasn’t always been the most well-rounded position. Through solid scouting, development and a timely trade, we still managed to […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The other 50-point games in Raptors history

Toronto Raptors: The other 50-point games in Raptors history

The Raptors franchise has not had the most star-studded cast of alumni.  As of now, there are zero Raptors in the Basketball Hall of Fame (unless you count Hakeem Olajuwon, and you shouldn’t count Hakeem Olajuwon), and seven All-Stars. Yes, the team had some recent success, and they’re still a relatively young franchise in the […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Could Toronto survive if Masai Ujiri left for Washington?

Raptors: Could Toronto survive if Masai Ujiri left for Washington?

The Toronto Raptors were a franchise that perenially ended up at the bottom of the NBA standings for the first 15 years of their existence, and the first time that this team was transformed into a constant winner was when Masai Ujiri took over as the president of the franchise. With Dwane Casey as the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Free Agents the Toronto Raptors could pursue this Offseason

The Toronto Raptors are in a pivotal offseason for the future of the franchise and while all eyes are on the “Summer of Giannis” this team was one win away from the ECF and shouldn’t stop trying to add solid pieces to the roster. The Toronto Raptors are an organization that always remains active during […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six sign top CHA defender Lindsay Eastwood

Toronto’s NWHL franchise added a prominent player today in signing former Syracuse Orange captain Linsday Eastwood:

NEWS: We’ve signed the 2019-20 @CHAWomensHockey best defender award winner and @CuseIce captain @LindsayEastw00d
: https://t.co/PN9lREFPFT pic.twitter.com/8KxvYO41AQ
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) June 11, 2020

As noted in the tweet from the team’s Twitter account, College Hockey America (a D-1 NCAA division for women’s hockey only) named Eastwood the nation’s top defender in the division. A native of Kanata, ON, the college senior racked up 28 points in 36 games from the blueline in her second season as the Orange’s captain. This production earned her 16th in the NCAA D-1, and led her somewhat mediocre team in scoring (tied with sophomore forward Abby Moloughney). Last year, Eastwood took Syracuse to its first CHA Tournament title in the program’s history.

Welcome “home” @LindsayEastw00d pic.twitter.com/loWFHh9OG9
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) June 11, 2020


All quotes below are taken from the team’s article on its website.
“Lindsay leaves Syracuse as one of its all-time most accomplished players,” said Syracuse head coach …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Toronto’s NWHL Team Has A Name, and It’s The Six!

Toronto officially has a new professional women’s hockey franchise, with a name and everything (official announcement).
As the much-awaited answer to the question of “what franchise will replace the Toronto Furies?”: today, we have The Six. On April 22 of this year, the National Women’s Hockey League announced that it would be expanding into Toronto after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League folded, causing the loss of the Toronto Furies.
As we await even more branding information, especially what the jerseys will look like, one can imagine some sweet gold-and-red infused sweaters not unlike (but unlike enough from) the Vegas Golden Knights’ kit.
Choosing “The Six” will undoubtedly be a controversial choice, and admittedly I found it strange at first, but the more I think about it, the better it is. The 67’s, the 49ers, the 76ers… there’s a great history of professional sports teams being named for numbers that represent the unique area that the team is located in. While not rooted in national history in the more traditional sense, The Six is a popular moniker for our nation’s largest city and certainly will …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Who are the Toronto Raptors’ top 5 current rivals?

Although a young franchise, the Toronto Raptors have spurred on multiple rivalries. What are the top 5 rivalries heading into the 2019 NBA season? Because the Toronto Raptors are fairly young as a franchise, they don’t have those long-term rivalries like that of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers do. Nevertheless, there are quite […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Ranking every first-round pick in Toronto Raptors history

In the course of the Toronto Raptors franchise history, there has been a fair share first-round picks walking in the door. How do they rank from worst to first? 24 years of Toronto Raptors basketball has produced some exciting first-round draft picks. Not all have gone so well, as frequent misses in the lottery had […]
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Author: Raju Byfield / Raptors HQ

Listen to That’s A Rap #34: NBA Finals talk with Golden State of Mind

The best season in franchise history culminates with a Finals date with the Golden State Warriors. We talked with Daniel Hardee of Golden State of Mind to break down the NBA Finals. “Kawhi Leonard is a Toronto Raptor” is now interchangeable with “Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals.”
It’s the battle of the Greens. E-40 vs. Drake. The Death Lineup vs. the Extinction Lineup (Siakam at Centre). NBA’s best offense vs. the best defense (I’ve said that for each of the last two series, ironically).
For this monumental series, we invited Daniel Hardee from SB Nation’s Golden State of Mind to preview the NBA Finals. That’s right, Raps fans, soak it in. An NBA Finals preview that involves the Raptors!

On the Latest Episode:
You’d figure a first-time NBA Finalist would be ripe for some deer-in-headlight moments and an easy opponent, especially for a Warriors team making it’s fifth consecutive Finals trip. However, this Raptors squad is different. Those deers have been disposed. The starting lineup includes a Finals MVP (Kawhi Leonard), an almost-Finals-MVP (Danny Green), a Defensive Player of the Year (Marc Gasol), a soon-to-be Most Improved Player (Pascal Siakam), and …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 6 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks

After the most important win in franchise history, we spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop about whether the Bucks can handle pressure, Giannis versus Kawhi, and more. As we have before every game, we spoke to Kyle Carr of Brew Hoop to hear the Milwaukee take on the series, and what to expect moving forward. It’s all on the line today for the Bucks in Game 6.
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Milwaukee led by a considerable margin in the first quarter, yet Toronto clawed their way back in it despite some early foul trouble. Do you think this Bucks team is built to handle adversity despite their collective inexperience? Which Bucks player is most likely to have a huge game under pressure?
I want to believe the Bucks are built to handle adversity as this roster has played in the league long enough and have been in the playoffs multiple years together. Had Milwaukee played better in the second quarter, I think they win this game rather easily. The more this series goes on, the less assured I feel about it. Other than George Hill, nobody else on this roster has experience playing on this stage while with Toronto, they have been there …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ