Raptors: Should Toronto roll the dice on Tyrell Terry for G League?

Raptors: Should Toronto roll the dice on Tyrell Terry for G League?

The later rounds of the NBA Draft can be a very harsh mistress if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing. While the Toronto Raptors were able to snag a potential long-term contributor with the 29th pick in San Diego State stud Malachi Flynn, the Dallas Mavericks didn’t have the same success with Tyrell Terry. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections

Editor’s note: I’m very excited to have a good friend of the blog Clay Collins making his TLN debut today in a guest post. My fingers are crossed that we can make it more of a regular thing. Clay has been developing a player point projection model, and admittedly I’m a sucker for it as I am a sucker for anything that gives me a range to work with rather than an absolute number. I encourage you all to check out Clay’s work, and give him a follow on twitter. Hopefully this will lead to more of his work appearing on The Leafs Nation.
Maple Leafs 2021-2022 Player’s Point Projections
by Clay Collins

DISCLAMER – This model is NOT using best practices when creating and implementing a model. And this was sort of by design. I wanted to put together a very quick and dirty model this season and see my own personal growth through my models as I progress through my schooling and career as a data scientist.  This season is a baseline for me, and as such has some very major issues. There are plenty of much smarter and more experienced modelers and projections …

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Author: TLN Staff / The Leafs Nation

How the Leafs stack up in statistical prediction models for the 2021-22 season

We’re very nearly at the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, and as such, all of the very smart statistical minds in the public hockey sphere are releasing their season previews showing what their models project will happen this year. Other than the playoffs, this is one of my favourite times of the year, because it allows me to learn a bit more about statistical projections while getting my excitement level up for the upcoming season.
This year we’re going to be looking at 4 models:
FiveThirtyEight
Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic
Evolving-Hockey
Micah Blake McCurdy of HockeyViz
Each model is constructed differently, with different levels of “open-source” information on how it’s created. I’m not going to go too in depth on how each model works, but I’ll try to give a high level description, and link to the in depth explanations where I can.
I’ll also summarize the projections in a table at the bottom of the post for quick consumption, if that’s your thing.
FiveThirtyEight
Truthfully, in writing this article I’m only now discovering that FiveThirtyEight does NHL projections. I’ve used them extensively for political projections at election time, but …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Heartbreak, but there’s still hope

As human beings, we tend to be very reactionary, myself included. I am also a very cynical individual who always thinks the worst happens. It’s hard not to sit here and say the season is over as Brett Gardner hits a solo home run to make it a 6-2 game. Despite my cynicism, despite the fact that you and I feel incredibly deflated, I can sit here and tell you that the season isn’t over… yet.

I’m going to give you a throwback article. Let’s call this a sort of “AL East blog” but for the final wildcard spot.
I’m writing this in the bottom of the ninth, but I’ll flat out say that the Jays are down a game. They will be starting a series against the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto starting today. What about the teams that the Jays are chasing? What would need to happen for the Toronto Blue Jays to make the wild card game?
Boston:
Coming into the series against the Yankees the Jays were a game behind the Red Sox. At the start of the series, I said the Jays needed to win five of their last six. …

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Author: brendonkuhn / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Predicting Precious Achiuwa’s stats in 2021-22

Toronto Raptors: Predicting Precious Achiuwa’s stats in 2021-22

The Toronto Raptors picked up a very intriguing big man prospect in the Kyle Lowry deal with the Miami Heat, as a former top recruit in Precious Achiuwa arrived in town. The No. 20 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft figures to slot in as the backup center this season behind Khem Birch. Achiuwa […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 unbreakable per game records in Toronto franchise history

Raptors: 3 unbreakable per game records in Toronto franchise history

The Toronto Raptors have not been around very long as a franchise, but they can still claim to have littered their organization with some quality players that helped set the foundation for what this team became in the future. While most of the Raptors’ success in the standings has come in the last few years […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

The Toronto Raptors looked like a very disjointed team last season, as playing an entire stretch of home games away from Scotiabank Arena might make it more difficult to get any sort of momentum going. Even Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse, an All-NBA player and Coach of the Year who both have championship rings, got […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Could Precious Achiuwa start over Khem Birch?

Toronto Raptors: Could Precious Achiuwa start over Khem Birch?

The Toronto Raptors acquired a very intriguing piece for the future this offseason, as the same sign-and-trade arrangement that sent Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat allowed Masai Ujiri to pick up a very intriguing frontcourt piece in Precious Achiuwa. The 2020 first-round pick will compete for playing time behind Khem Birch. While Achiuwa stands […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Very rarely do star players as complimentary as Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard get to play with one another, but the Toronto Raptors made that situation a reality when they pulled off that famous earth-shattering trade. It’s safe to say that their one year together worked out for the best. Before Leonard bolted for the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 players who may not finish the season in Toronto

Raptors: 3 players who may not finish the season in Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have been very busy this offseason, as they have had to accept the departure of Kyle Lowry, figure out how to retain their own free agents, bring back Masai Ujiri, use the No. 4 pick in the 2021 draft and get this squad in a position to compete for the playoffs. Miraculously, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ