What Svi Mykhailiuk returning in 2022-23 means for Raptors

What Svi Mykhailiuk returning in 2022-23 means for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors saw their bench quality take a severe nosedive as the year went on, and the decline of Svi Mykhailiuk is one of the main reasons. Mykhailiuk went from a rotation fixture to someone that only saw time on the floor when the outcome was decided. While Mykhailiuk earned some spot starts during […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Good, Better, Best: Raptors free agent point guard targets

Good, Better, Best: Raptors free agent point guard targets

The Toronto Raptors‘ lack of bench depth bordered on the absurd last season. Nick Nurse was forced to use players like Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam in the second unit as point guards to get some semblance of scoring punch from that group. This can’t be the way things operate in 2022-23. The Raptors don’t […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Toronto wants to sign Thad Young in free agency

Raptors rumors: Toronto wants to sign Thad Young in free agency

The Toronto Raptors were a bit more robust on the bench in the second half of the 2021-22 season than they were in prior months, and the performance of Thad Young had a ton to do with that. He was exactly the type of selfless veteran mentor that a young squad needed. After acquiring him […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors must bring Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to Toronto

Raptors must bring Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors struggled to get quality bench scoring from their backcourt last season. It got so bad that expected contributors like Svi Mykhailiuk and Malachi Flynn were axed from the rotation. If they want to improve via the trade market, Nickeil Alexander-Walker makes almost too much sense. Alexander-Walker averaged 9.9 points per game while […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stanley Johnson’s Kawhi-Esque defense and offensive revolution

Toronto Raptors: Stanley Johnson’s Kawhi-Esque defense and offensive revolution

The Toronto Raptors bench depth has been poor for the better part of the season (besides Boucher), but one player who has been impressive is Stanley Johnson. “I just think that I’m the best player in the draft,” Stanley Johnson said shortly after being selected 8th by the Detroit Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft. […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

Toronto Raptors: Expectations for each bench player going into 2021

The Toronto Raptors’ bench has always been an important part of their success because of how well Nick Nurse makes the most of a player. With some players returning and new faces returning, it’s time to talk about each player’s role moving forward. Head coach Nick Nurse uses his bench just as one would try […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays strengthen their bench with the speedy Jonathan Villar

The Blue Jays bench has been a weak point for them this season. They lacked a true power threat, they lacked a good base runner and with Bo Bichette hurt they didn’t have a great backup shortstop. Joe Panik is exposed defensively at SS, and Santiago Espinal is still young and developing. They addressed the power bat by acquiring Daniel Vogelbach, (though that might be over soon) and they hoped to address the baserunning and SS with Jonathan Villar.

Villar comes over to the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins. He’s a switch hitter who’s hit .267/.323/.353 for an 87 wRC+, numbers that are not far off from career averages. He has a little bit of pop, hitting at least 10 home runs each of the last four seasons, including 24 with the juiced ball for the Orioles last season. He’s hit better from the right side this season; though for his career he hasn’t shown any major platoon split. For this year though the Blue Jays could platoon him at short with Panik.
He’s not an exceptional shortstop, but he makes the plays and doesn’t hurt you. In 117.1 innings …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Is it time Toronto gave Matt Thomas a larger role with the team?

In preparation for a potential bench role in the playoffs, should the Toronto Raptors give Matt Thomas more minutes in the final stages of the regular season? Make no mistake, if the Toronto Raptors are to repeat as champs, it’s going to be because of their defence. That said, the team, specifically the lesser-known players, will […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Listen to That’s A Rap #30: Post-Game 4 vs. Bucks Reaction

The Bench VIP and Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to a decisive Game 4 win. In the last post-game pod, the boys are overly optimistic heading back to Milwaukee. What a difference home cooking makes! Six different Raptors scored in double-figures, and none of them was named Pascal Siakam. The leading rebounder, Serge Ibaka (13 boards), only played 24 minutes. Norman Powell took the “Playoff Norm” title to heart, launching 13(!) three-pointers. It was the type of game that reminded everyone why the Raptors are legitimate title contenders. With the series now a best-of-three, Toronto’s got the momentum, best player in the series (albeit hobbled), and defensive answers to each of Milwaukee’s weapons.
Before the Raptors head to Milwaukee to try and steal home-court, listen along as the boys of That’s A Rap break down the Raptors’ monumental Game Four victory.

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The Bucks limited Pascal Siakam to seven points, dished out 30 assists, and finally got the Khris Middleton breakout game (30/6/7 and 4 triples) they’d been waiting for. Yet, it’s the Raptors who blew out their opponent, thanks in large part to Kyle Lowry and the Bench V.I.P. (VanVleet-Ibaka-Powell)
Lowry’s performance cannot be understated. …

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Author: JayRosales / Raptors HQ

Raptors left grasping in Game 2 as Sixers win, 94-89

A slow start, some rough bench play, and bouts of cold shooting put the Raptors in a hole against the 76ers and it cost them Game 2. In case this was still a mystery, in the NBA playoffs you need to have players who can make plays. There has to be a purpose behind their every decision and action, because for the split second in which each discrete event occurs on the court someone is gaining an advantage. And if a team has too many guys playing who aren’t working for those slim margins, and aren’t turning them into something for the team, it’s tough to win. That’s how the Raptors ended up losing Game 2 to the Philadelphia 76ers, 94-89. They often saw angles to attack, but always a touch too late and in too disorganized a fashion.
Unlike Game 1’s explosion, the Sixers managed to keep a lid on Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard in the opening frame. Those were the two main playmakers for Toronto in the series opener, and it’s where there problems began in Game 2. As a result of their ineffectiveness, the Raptors fell behind. And when the Raptors fall behind with …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ