Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

Toronto Raptors: Making a roster case for all 3 non-guaranteed players

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of finally setting their 15-man roster after finishing up their postseason grind against the Washington Wizards. After waiving Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry, Nick Nurse must select two of either Isaac Bonga, Ishmail Wainright, or Sam Dekker to secure the final roster spots. All three of these players […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What Now? Schedule Doesn’t Get Any Easier for Toronto Raptors

What Now? Schedule Doesn’t Get Any Easier for Toronto Raptors

With urgency growing and panic setting in, it’s time to look at the upcoming schedule to determine whether the Toronto Raptors can get out of their tailspin before it’s too late. I don’t need to tell anyone here about the current sorry state of the Toronto Raptors. On Wednesday night in Phoenix, the club lost […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

The fourth line is a hill I refuse to die on

Tonight’s roster seems like it’s setting up to be bottom of the roster battle ground, if not completely a cut day preview. With the top three lines sitting out this game, as well as the top two defensive pairings, it seems like this is an opportunity for some players to make their final cases to continue with the Leafs.

#Leafs lines for game group in Montreal:
Petan-Shore-Agostino
Korshkov-Gaudet-Read
Archibald-Brooks-Bracco
Engvall-Elynuik-Aberg
Harpur-Holl
Gravel-Schmaltz
Rubins-Liljegren
Hollowell-Lindgren
Hutchinson
Indeterminate goalie
Neuvirth is absent
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 23, 2019
Tonight’s game is critically important for Nic Petan, Nick Shore, Kenny Agostino, Pontus Aberg, and Matt Read, although this can’t be looking too good for Pontus Aberg. The same holds true of the defense as they are likely competing for the 7th D position, but for now we’ll focus on the forwards.

Leafs practice lines:
Johnsson – Matthews – Nylander
Kapanen – Tavares – Marner
Mikheyev – Kerfoot – Moore
Timashov – / Spezza
Extras: Baptiste, Clune
Muzzin – Barrie
Rielly – Ceci
Sandin – Marincin
Extras: Kivihalme – Duszak
Andersen
Woll
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2019
In contrast to tonight’s roster, the practice lines like they could be an opening night roster. The Timashov, Gauthier, Spezza, and Moore pieces may still …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Pascal Siakam officially nominated for the 2018-19 Most Improved Player award

Setting aside last night’s disaster, Pascal Siakam had a marvellous and surprising season for the Raptors, improving in ways thought to be both possible and impossible in just his third year in the league. It can be hard to consider this now, given where the Raptors find themselves at the moment, but let’s remember anyway: Pascal Siakam had himself a dang season in 2018-19. All that effort by the 25-year-old do-it-all Toronto forward has paid off this year, both in team success and now some individual accolades.
Last night the official nominations for the NBA’s awards were announced and, as expected, Siakam was among the nominees for Most Improved Player. He is the only Raptor on any ballot for this season.

The three finalists for #KiaMIP… @swipathefox, @Dloading, and @pskills43!The 2019 #NBAAwards air 6/24, 9:00pm/et on TNT! pic.twitter.com/oE4ahe191C— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2019

Through 80 appearances, Siakam averaged 16.9 points on 55 percent shooting (plus a surprising 37 percent from three), to go with 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 31.9 minutes per game. All of these numbers represent significant jumps over the previous year, and all of them happened as Siakam’s usage rate went from 15 to 20 percent, his role …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ