Joel Embiid says the Toronto Raptors are the only team who plays solid defense against him

Joel Embiid says the Toronto Raptors are the only team who plays solid defense against him

While Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is an MVP candidate, and arguably the best offensive big man in the game today, the Toronto Raptors have been a thorn in his side for years. Be it Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, or even Aron Baynes this season, Toronto has done a solid job of keeping Embiid in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Waiving of Patrick McCaw shows how injuries derailed a very promising career

Toronto Raptors: Waiving of Patrick McCaw shows how injuries derailed a very promising career

While Patrick McCaw has the unique distinction of having won three consecutive championship rings in his first three seasons in the league, one of which came with the Toronto Raptors, injuries have limited his effectiveness in his pro career. McCaw, who was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2016 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How the Kyle Palmieri trade affects the Leafs

How the Kyle Palmieri trade affects the Leafs

It’s taken a while, but the NHL finally did something interesting. Even if it was a trade a player (Kyle Palmieri) that we knew was going to be traded, alongside a player that the GM had been lusting after (Travis Zajac) for a 1st round pick in an underwhelming draft, and two minor league players that I’m sure only existed for that brief moment in time that this trade was completed.
I guess good for the Islanders in beefing up their lineup in a year that they have been more successful than in recent memory, and good for the Devils in picking up one good draft pick instead of a mitt full of midround garbage, but none of this answers the important question, and that is How does this affect the Leafs?
One less trade target
The first thing this trade does is take Kyle Palmieri off the trade market. This isn’t a particularly big deal to a lot of people who were incredibly underwhelmed with the idea of bringing in Palmieri. It leaves Taylor Hall out there with one less team going after him, but might light a fire under teams like Boston and Colorado that …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: How Jalen Suggs could make it easier to move off of Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors: How Jalen Suggs could make it easier to move off of Kyle Lowry

While Gonzaga’s legendary win against UCLA in the Final Four was one of the greatest games in college football history, the NBA was watching this game to see if star Bulldogs point guard Jalen Suggs could come through in the clutch. The Toronto Raptors, who could lose Kyle Lowry this offseason, have to like what […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors have held onto Terence Davis after hot start to Kings career?

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors have held onto Terence Davis after hot start to Kings career?

While the Norman Powell move was obviously the highlight of the deadline for the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri was able to recoup a few second-round picks by offloading Matt Thomas to the Utah Jazz and Terence Davis, a restricted free agent at the end of this season, to the Sacramento Kings. Davis was averaging 7.6 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors 905: Toronto should sign Alize Johnson amid trade interest

Raptors 905: Toronto should sign Alize Johnson amid trade interest

While the Toronto Raptors try to repair the holes in the ship as they eye the postseason, Raptors 905 earned the top seed in the shortened G League playoffs, and the play of former No. 50 overall draft pick Alize Johnson is a huge reason why. Johnson was fifth on the team in scoring at […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors 905: What Toronto can learn from their standout G League team

Raptors 905: What Toronto can learn from their standout G League team

While the Toronto Raptors are fighting for every single victory during their push towards the postseason, Raptors 905 is dominating in the G League bubble. Head coach Patrick Mutumbo has a roster led by Alize Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Gary Payton II, and two-way Jalen Harris sporting a 12-3 record, qualifying them for the postseason. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Yuta Watanabe isn’t dwelling on the Anthony Edwards poster dunk

Raptors: Yuta Watanabe isn’t dwelling on the Anthony Edwards poster dunk

While Yuta Watanabe is well-known among Toronto Raptors fans for his hustle on the defensive end, his introduction to the NBA world at large came at his expense, as Minnesota Timberwolves No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards used Watanabe as a pommel horse in what might be the best dunk anyone will see in the 2020-21 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors 905: Alize Johnson needs to get called up to the Raptors ASAP

Raptors 905: Toronto should sign Alize Johnson amid trade interest

While the Toronto Raptors have fought their way back into the playoff picture, Alize Johnson and Raptors 905 are also making some noise in the G League bubble, winning six of their first nine games. One of the main reasons that Patrick Mutumbo has had so much success has been Johnson and Henry Ellenson on […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Top Nick Nurse assistant Chris Finch hired by Timberwolves as head coach

Raptors: Top Nick Nurse assistant Chris Finch hired by Timberwolves as head coach

While Nick Nurse, Chris Finch, and the Toronto Raptors have enjoyed a somewhat successful season after a slow start, Ryan Saunders and the Minnesota Timberwolves have been much less fortunate. After picking Anthony Edwards with the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Minnesota appears destined for another high draft pick in 2021. Minnesota currently […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ