Raptors draft: Mark Williams and Toronto are a perfect match

Raptors draft: Mark Williams and Toronto are a perfect match

The Toronto Raptors have spent the last two NBA Draft cycles using their premium draft capital on guards like Malachi Flynn and wings like Scottie Barnes. The management team has largely ignored the state of the team’s frontcourt. Bobby Webster and Masai Ujiri could rectify that by drafting Duke big man Mark Williams in 2022. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors must play Justin Champagnie over Svi Mykhailuk in rotation

Raptors must play Justin Champagnie over Svi Mykhailuk in rotation

The Toronto Raptors had two second-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, which turned into Dalano Banton and David Johnson, but an undrafted free agent on a two-way contract in Justin Champagnie has been getting more playing time than both of them in the last few weeks. His recent play should have Svi Mykhailiuk sweating […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors mock draft has Toronto adding a potential star point guard

Raptors mock draft has Toronto adding a potential star point guard

The Toronto Raptors mock draft experts have been working overtime lately, as the team’s recent poor run of form has this franchise looking more like a lottery team than a playoff contender. Who will Masai Ujiri select to join Scottie Barnes and assert themselves as a member of the young core? The Raptors do have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors draft: 3 hot starts Masai Ujiri needs to take notice of

Raptors draft: 3 hot starts Masai Ujiri needs to take notice of

Toronto Raptors draft season is never truly over, as Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster are already taking note of prospects that could make an immediate impact on the team in 2022 and beyond. Ujiri has to have taken note of some egregiously large holes on this roster right now. This team is currently lacking in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Dalano Banton is already one of the best Raptors second-round picks

Dalano Banton is already one of the best Raptors second-round picks

The Toronto Raptors had three draft selections in 2021, and two of them are having an impact on the team’s fortunes immediately. Lottery pick Scottie Barnes is garnering plenty of attention as a Rookie of the Year candidate, but one of Masai Ujiri’s second-round picks in Dalano Banton is proving that the second round is […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors draft: Could Toronto add the top international center in 2022?

Raptors draft: Could Toronto add the top international center in 2022?

The 2022 Toronto Raptors draft may seem like it’s too far ahead to start diving into, but Masai Ujiri and this front office are already looking at some of the top prospects. Even if they miss out on Paolo Banchero or Chet Holmgren, mid-tier prospects like Peyton Watson, Bennedict Mathurin, or Yannick Nzosa could make […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NBA Rookie Ladder: Where does Raptors star Scottie Barnes rank?

NBA Rookie Ladder: Where does Raptors star Scottie Barnes rank?

The early returns on the 2021 NBA Draft class have been very encouraging for lottery teams like the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, as both of them appear to have drafted stars in Scottie Barnes and Evan Mobley. The latest NBA Rookie ladder shows that these two aren’t the only teams who hit home runs. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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