Latest NBA Rookie Ladder disrespects Scottie Barnes and Raptors

Latest NBA Rookie Ladder disrespects Scottie Barnes and Raptors

The 2021 NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, as dozens of lottery picks have already established themselves as long-term cornerstones. The Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Toronto Raptors have to be thrilled with the performances of Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, and Scottie Barnes so far. Those three […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

DeMar DeRozan retells cool Kobe Bryant story from Raptors tenure

DeMar DeRozan retells cool Kobe Bryant story from Raptors tenure

Even a full two years after his passing, the memory of Kobe Bryant still burns brightly among fans and players all across the NBA landscape. Among active players, few of them can claim to be bigger Bryant fans than former Toronto Raptors sensation DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan tried to pattern large portions of his game after […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Marner negotiations “to go beyond July 1st”, expected to visit other teams

One of the most important summers in recent memory for the Leafs is steadily approaching. Mitch Marner needs a new contract and rumours are already swirling as to what this offseason will look like.

Dreger says on TSN1050 that he expects Marner’s camp to take negotiations beyond July 1st.
He says he expects the Marner to visit teams starting June 26 in the RFA offersheet interview period.
Dreger says the Leafs will have to make an aggressive offer: 10+,10.5+,11+
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Appearing on TSN1050 on Tuesday afternoon, Darren Dreger said that he expects the contract negotiations for one of the Leafs’ star players will go beyond July 1st. Even to go as far as that the player will be meeting with other interested teams around the league and discussing a potential offer sheet.
Because of this, if the Leafs want to sign Marner before the interviews start, they will have to make an enticing offer of a salary above $10-million. Potentially ruining their cap structure to sign the forward before he’s able to talk to other teams.
Dreger also added later that he would personally be surprised if Marner signed anything over five years — meaning that he …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Patrick Patterson becomes the analytics darling in 2015

2015 will never not be a bad memory to bring up to Raptors fans, but given 2Pat’s career since, he probably remembers it fondly. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at that oh-so-painful first-round sweep in 2015.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (49-33, 4th seed) vs. Washington Wizards (46-36, 5th seed)
The Outcome
Washington sweeps Toronto 4-0 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
What we’d all like to forget: A shaky (especially on D) Raptors team with an injured Kyle Lowry seemingly gave everything they had to get Game 1 to overtime… then put up very little resistance in OT or in the next three games as Washington and Paul Pierce stomped the Raptors into the ground.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
Patrick Patterson did it all.
Well, all is an exaggeration. He didn’t do anything that helped the team, you know, win a single game, or anything.
But! Look at the numbers! Patterson had a staggering .713 true shooting percentage in the series; that …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ