3 All-Star candidates Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is outperforming

3 All-Star candidates Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is outperforming

The Toronto Raptors might have an All-Star on their hands, as star guard Fred VanVleet has filled in for Kyle Lowry on both ends of the floor by showing off his blend of efficiency, tenacity, and clutch scoring. He should be on track for an appearance in Cleveland as a backup. VanVleet will need to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A complete history of the Toronto Raptors on Christmas Day

A complete history of the Toronto Raptors on Christmas Day

The Toronto Raptors might be working on getting healthy this Christmas Day, which is not that much different from the team’s usual slate of activities around this time of year. Even when the Raptors were playing quality basketball, the NBA has very rarely given them a primetime spot. The Raptors have the unfortunate distinction of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over Knicks, Celtics, 76ers

1 advantage the Toronto Raptors have over Knicks, Celtics, 76ers

It might seem like the young Toronto Raptors might be hanging on for dear life to avoid falling out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference after a poor West Coast road trip, but a strong homestand has kept them right in the thick of the play-in hunt against Atlantic division rivals like the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Could the Raptors draft an assistant coach’s standout son in 2022?

Could the Raptors draft an assistant coach’s standout son in 2022?

Nick Nurse might be regarded as the main source of coaching acumen hovering over the last few years of Toronto Raptors basketball, but Adrian Griffin has been a member of his coaching staff for the entire duration of his tenure. With the Raptors draft inching closer, could the NBA veteran’s son, Duke star AJ Griffin, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Thunder Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 8

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Thunder Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 8

The Toronto Raptors might be a bit beaten up due to injuries, but they did manage to ick off a long homestand by taking down two potential playoff teams in the Wizards and Bucks. The latest Raptors odds have Toronto positioned to take home their third victory in a row against a young team. Shai […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

This could be the best version of this Maple Leafs team that we’ve seen

Baited as you might have been by the headline, there is a real possibility that the run of play that Toronto has been on lately is the best this team has ever been.
The idea was spurred by our own Nick Barden as an offhand thought: “I think they’re much better than last year’s team”. But we can go a step further than comparing this year to last year, thanks to data. In this post, I’m going to compare the entire Matthews-era Leafs against itself, to find when exactly this team has looked its most “juggernaut-y”.
We can define “best” in different ways. There are the best underlying numbers, the shot attempts and things like that that predict future results. That’s what we typically talk about on Staturday. There’s also the best results, getting wins, scoring goals, and looking like a proper juggernaut.
How can we do this? It’s rolling averages to our rescue. Essentially, we average the last 10 games of data, and then shift that by one game on and on over the course of the season, looking at each of the different 10-game stretches.
We will look at 10-game rolling averages for …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Poor showings from Raptors prove how valuable Khem Birch is

Poor showings from Raptors prove how valuable Khem Birch is

The Toronto Raptors might not have Khem Birch in the starting lineup, nor did they give up an arm and a leg to sign him to a contract in the offseason, but he has quickly become indispensable in this rotation. This has been confirmed by his recent absence. Birch hasn’t been active for the last […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Fred VanVleet shuts up Pascal Siakam haters after return

Raptors: Fred VanVleet shuts up Pascal Siakam haters after return

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors might not have been able to come out on top against the Brooklyn Nets in their Sunday afternoon matinee, but that did little to douse the excitement that came about when Pascal Siakam made his long-awaited return. Even with his minutes restriction, Siakam looked like the star Raptors fans […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Winners and Losers from close win against Magic

Raptors: Winners and Losers from close win against Magic

While some might have viewed the first meeting between the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic as a battle between two top-five NBA Draft picks in Scottie Barnes and Jalen Suggs, the likes of Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. had to make sure that Toronto was able to close out their homestand with a victory. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors odds: Scottie Barnes has already improved his ROY chances

Raptors odds: Scottie Barnes has already improved his ROY chances

The Toronto Raptors might not have played a ton of winning basketball to start the season, but they can at least look to the performance of rookie sensation Scottie Barnes if they want to put a smile on their face. Barnes has been arguably the best player for this team in 2021, and the latest […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ