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 mock draft: Toronto takes supremely athletic point guard

Raptors mock draft: Toronto takes supremely athletic point guard

The Toronto Raptors spent nearly a week off due to COVID-19 outbreaks both internally and externally, and that pause gave the Raptors mock draft experts plenty of time to cook up additions for a potential lottery team lacking in both frontcourt and backcourt depth. The Raptors appeared to do a very good job of finding […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Chanukah gifts and wishes for Toronto Raptors fans this holiday season

Chanukah gifts and wishes for Toronto Raptors fans this holiday season

For us in the Jewish community, the last week was spent celebrating Chanukah, the eight-night festival of lights. There’s plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, even amid some iffy performances from the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors are still trying to wiggle their way into the play-in tournament this season amid a series of […]
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Author: Aaron Gluck / Raptors HQ

The Leafs will have to sort out the salary cap as players return from their injuries

I spent Tuesday afternoon trying to crunch the numbers on the Leafs. They didn’t really seem to add up, so I tried to crunch them again. Every time I looked at the Leafs cap situation I could feel my head start throbbing more and more, thinking it didn’t make a lick of sense, but I was determined to figure out how Mrazek and Mikheyev return, while the Leafs cut back their lineup, but also have to deal with injuries to Sandin, Marner, Dermott, and the suspension to Spezza. I gave up anyway.
Luckily, our favourite TLN capologist, Earl Schwartz sent out some tweets later this evening that made me feel less stupid, because I was write that the numbers didn’t work, but he also made provides a timeline and outline for how to make things work for the Leafs…

Here’s the timeline for the Leafs:
Dec 11, last day for Mrazek to return from LTIR conditioning loan.
Dec 19, Spezza returns from suspension and roster freeze starts.
Dermott/Sandin back around Dec 23, earliest Marner can return if placed on LTIR retroactively is Dec 29. https://t.co/SorA0IuAj6
— Earl Schwartz (@EarlSchwartz27) December 8, 2021

Qualifiers: technically Mrazek could remain on LTIR …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Did losing to Montreal wake up Toronto like getting swept woke up Tampa?

A couple years spent falling short of expectations, an embarrassing first round loss, an abysmal start to the new season, and then suddenly becoming the NHL’s hottest team. It’s a sequence of events both the 2021/2022 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2019/2020 Tampa Bay Lightning took that got fans excited that this year may be different. For Tampa Bay, that sequence ended with the Lightning winning their second ever Stanley Cup, and then repeating as champions the following season. For Toronto, the end result is still waiting to be seen.
It’s hard not to notice the parallels between the path that these two teams took after one of the most embarrassing first round exits in franchise history. Much like how Toronto entered last season’s matchup against Montreal as heavy favourites, Tampa Bay was expected to walk all over Columbus during the 2019 playoffs. Instead, the Lightning were not only swept by the lowly eight seed but were absolutely dominated in the process, getting outscored 19-8.
The next season, the question on everyone’s mind was how Tampa Bay would redeem themselves after a monumental choke that was only made worse by one of the most mocked social media posts …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

What will the Toronto Raptors do with their unused roster spot?

What will the Toronto Raptors do with their unused roster spot?

The Toronto Raptors spent a good portion of the preseason figuring out how to fill out the back end of the roster, ultimately choosing to waive players like Ishamil Wainright and Freddie Gillespie to get to 15 players. While Sam Dekker, Yuta Watanabe, and Isaac Bonga made the final roster, they haven’t provided a ton […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Sam Dekker’s goodbye to fans after being waived is touching

Raptors: Sam Dekker’s goodbye to fans after being waived is touching

Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors spent a good chunk of the preseason figuring out if non-guaranteed players like Sam Dekker, Isaac Bonga, and Ishmail Wainright were good enough to make the initial roster. After some tough competition, Dekker and Bonga were selected for inclusion while Wainright and Freddie Gillespie were waived. While Dekker, a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: It’s time to take Precious Achiuwa out of the starting lineup

Raptors: It’s time to take Precious Achiuwa out of the starting lineup

The Toronto Raptors spent a good chunk of the offseason pondering one of the age-old questions of roster construction. When it comes to their starting center spot, should they start the finished product in veteran Khem Birch or the unknown upside that comes with Precious Achiuwa? Ultimately, a strong preseason helped Achiuwa win the job, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Players are thrilled to finally head back to Toronto after 2020

Raptors: Players are thrilled to finally head back to Toronto after 2020

After a season spent far away from their Canadian home, the Toronto Raptors are finally coming back north, as it was officially announced that the Raptors will play their home games at Scotiabank Arena for the first time since the pandemic-induced hiatus the league took in 2021. Players like Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

MLSE requiring vaccination or negative COVID-19 test at Raptors games

MLSE requiring vaccination or negative COVID-19 test at Raptors games

After an up-and-down season spent in their temporary home in Tampa due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Raptors appear on track to make a return to Scotiabank Arena this season due to the increased vaccination rates across both Canada and the United States. Ownership is still devising a plan to make sure everyone can […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ