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

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #14 Nick Ritchie

Flashback to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft — mercifully Dave Nonis’ last one at the helm of the Leafs’ draft table. The Leafs are up at pick number eight with an assortment of options on hand. There was Nikolaj Ehlers; a 6-foot-0 skilled Scandinavian winger. There was William Nylander; a 5-foot-11 skilled Scandinavian winger. Lastly, there was Nick Ritchie; a 6-foot-2 power forward from Orangeville, Ontario.
Now, remember that at this point in time Brian Burke had brainwashed many in Leafs Nation that the key to success was through “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.” It was a team-building view shared by his successor, Nonis, as evidenced by the Mikhail Grabovski-David Clarkson switcheroo the prior summer. For many, Ritchie was the obvious pick, the type of player this iteration of Leafs management dreamt about. There was no way he was getting past the Leafs here, many thought.
But then the funniest thing happened: the Leafs passed on Ritchie, choosing William Nylander instead. Factions of Leafs Nation were incensed to see a player with Ritchie’s package of size, strength, and shot slip through the Leafs’ fingers.
As we all now know, the Nylander pick has proven to be the right decision. But now …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Why Scottie Barnes won’t be another Stanley Johnson

Raptors: Why Scottie Barnes won’t be another Stanley Johnson

The Toronto Raptors decided to use the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on Florida State forward Scottie Barnes, as his combination of defensive intensity and offensive potential intrigued Masai Ujiri. Unfortunately, players like Stanley Johnson had to bite the dust to make room for additions like Barnes. Johnson was not retained by […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 rookie seasons in franchise history

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 rookie seasons in franchise history

The Toronto Raptors made their highest draft pick in over a decade in the 2021 NBA Draft, choosing to add Florida State standout Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall selection. The Raptors have had some big names come through Toronto despite the fact they haven’t been around for a very long time as a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Dalano Banton earned rotation time after Summer League

Raptors: Dalano Banton earned rotation time after Summer League

The Toronto Raptors decided to use their 2021 NBA Draft picks to select versatile players, placing a premium on wingspan, defensive intensity, and ball-handling. That philosophy not only led to the selection of Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall pick, but it also helped the front office settle on Dalano Banton with the No. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Will Canadian Isiaha Mike stay within the organization?

Raptors: Will Canadian Isiaha Mike stay within the organization?

At the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors added another first to their history book by selecting Rexdale’s Dalano Banton in the second round. It was the first time in franchise history that the Raptors ever drafted a Canadian. Along with Scarborough’s Isiaha Mike, the Raptors have a strong local presence on the Summer League […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

When will Semyon Der-Arguchintsev be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

When you go back to the 2018 NHL draft, a lot of fans remember Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. It may because of his face, his skill, or all of the above. But what does he really bring to the table in terms of a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect?
You have a lot to like if you look at a player like him. There’s also some aspects of his game that could be fixed. In this video, I look at everything he did well with the Toronto Marlies, and everything he could improve on for next season.
I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

2021 NBA Draft night kicked off on July 29th as expected, with the top three picks of the board being Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, and Evan Mobley. As the Toronto Raptors were on the clock to lock in their pick, even ESPN began to show the college highlight reel of Jalen Suggs. At the last […]
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Author: Shaun Suares / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Is Scottie Barnes’ great workout a good sign or bad omen?

Raptors: 3 reasons to get hyped about the Scottie Barnes pick

By now, the Toronto Raptors’ draft night surprise and the Scottie Barnes vs. Jalen Suggs debate are in the past, as Barnes was taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. In truth, we’re still a long way from being able to properly evaluate the club’s risky, against-the-grain choice of Barnes over […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: UDFA Justin Champagnie offers tons of potential

Toronto Raptors: UDFA Justin Champagnie offers tons of potential

The Toronto Raptors’ busy 2021 NBA Draft night was far from over after the selections of Scottie Barnes, Dalano Banton, and David Johnson. In fact, the Raptors managed to pick up one of the better undrafted players in the entire draft in Pitt forward Justin Champagnie. The twin brother of St. John’s star Julian Champagnie, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ