Raptors: Nick Nurse details plan for Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton

Raptors: Nick Nurse details plan for Malachi Flynn, Dalano Banton

The Toronto Raptors have nine players who will firmly end up in the rotation, but there is still a chance that either Malachi Flynn or Dalano Banton finally breaks out. After a long time in the Toronto developmental pipeline, Nick Nurse may finally get to reap the benefits of these youngsters. While Banton is officially […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #13 Mikko Kokkonen

Few players in the Toronto Maple Leafs system have a career progression as enigmatic as Mikko Kokkonen.
Kokkonen made his debut in the Finnish league at 15 years old and remains the youngest player in league history. By his draft year, he was a regular in the league, scoring the most points by a draft-eligible defenceman in Liiga in 17 years. When the Leafs drafted him in 2019 in the third round, it seemed like a no-brainer in terms of value at that selection.
However, his results have remained relatively stagnant in the three years since. As a result, Mikko Kokkonen falls down the TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings for the second consecutive year, from #10 last summer to #13 in 2022.
Mikko Kokkonen
LD | Pelicans (Liiga) | Age: 21 | 5-foot-11 | 194 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 Draft, 84th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #10
There was a sense of optimism surrounding Mikko Kokkonen heading into the 2021-22 season.
For starters, he was coming off of a strong showing at the end of the previous year, having joined the Toronto Marlies on an amateur try-out to finish the season. There, he produced seven points in 11 games, nearly matching the 10 points he scored in 39 more games during the Finnish league season.
Combined with his posit …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Raptors waive Armoni Brooks after brief tenure in Toronto

Raptors waive Armoni Brooks after brief tenure in Toronto

The Toronto Raptors signed a collection of role players, including famed actor Juancho Hernangomez, to short, non-guaranteed deals with the goal of battling it out in training camp for one of the final roster spots. Armoni Brooks figured to number among that group. After the Houston Rockets decided to cut bait with the 3-point marksman, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors one of 4 teams at “forefront” of Kevin Durant trade talks

Raptors one of 4 teams at “forefront” of Kevin Durant trade talks

The Toronto Raptors are rarely considered to be major players in the NBA’s annual trade sweepstakes, but they managed to make their presence firmly felt in the Kevin Durant chase. Toronto remains very active in its attempt to secure KD’s services. Masai Ujiri has preached patience in building this roster, but their surprise leap to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ