NBA Insider believes Raptors could make conference Finals run

NBA Insider believes Raptors could make conference Finals run

The Toronto Raptors have been accustomed to their status as perpetual underdogs. Not only are teams that could compete rarely given the time of day by the larger NBA media, but teams that are regarded as being deficient in one or two key areas are immediately cast into the lottery without a second thought. That […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: PG Jeff Dowtin

The Toronto Raptors still needed to fill one of their two-way contract spots by the time Summer League rolled around. After seeing the show that Jeff Dowtin put on for Toronto in Las Vegas, Nick Nurse and Masai Ujiri decided to make him a part of the squad for 2022-23. After being undrafted following a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: SF Gabe Brown

Toronto Raptors 2022-23 season preview: SF Gabe Brown

As the Toronto Raptors get ready to begin their 2022-23 season, it’s time to take a look at all 20 members of their training camp roster and analyze how each will fit into the puzzle for next year. Gabe Brown was a late addition, but the Exhibit 10 signing has a great deal of potential. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez playing well on international stage

Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez playing well on international stage

The Toronto Raptors decided to dip their toes far into the free agent pool to find one of their later roster additions. Juancho Hernangomez, fresh off his tour de force showing as Bo Cruz in Adam Sandler’s Hustle, signed a one-year deal with Toronto that gives him some guaranteed money. Even though he had a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2023 NBA Mock Draft has Toronto Raptors adding elite recruit

2023 NBA Mock Draft has Toronto Raptors adding elite recruit

The Toronto Raptors officially wrapped up their 2022 NBA Draft plans months ago when they used the No. 33 pick on Arizona center Christian Koloko. Even with another year in the books, Masai Ujiri is likely hard at work trying to find the next great Raptor in the first round. Bring on the 2023 NBA […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

B/R’s Raptors-Donovan Mitchell trade is a win-win for both sides

B/R’s Raptors-Donovan Mitchell trade is a win-win for both sides

The Toronto Raptors have been making their desire to acquire Kevin Durant well and truly known over the last few months, but they also need to keep one eye firmly fixed on Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. A deterioration of relations could mean yet another seismic trade. Mitchell will likely have a less dramatic return […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is loving getting props for 3-point mastery

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet is loving getting props for 3-point mastery

The Toronto Raptors are tying their success in the next few years inexorably to the play of Fred VanVleet. While he has always been a solid shooter, the departure of names like Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry forced him to take a more proactive role on the perimeter. Advanced data proves that VanVleet’s quality from […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: The AHL-signed prospects

No organization in the NHL uses their affiliates quite like the Toronto Maple Leafs. Where some teams don’t even have an ECHL affiliate, the Maple Leafs use the Newfoundland Growlers as if it were a AA baseball team.
Every year, numerous NCAA and CHL graduates are inked to contracts with the Toronto Marlies. While they technically are not Maple Leafs property, and thus not included in our TLN Top 20 Prospect Rankings, these players are still in the organization and actively working alongside the development staff, just as any directly affiliated Leafs prospect would.
In being as active in the AHL signing market as the Leafs are, they essentially add 15-20 extra prospects to their system without spending a draft pick or SPC slot. These prospects are almost exclusively long shots, which is why they are available on AHL contracts in the first place, but Toronto has seen success stories already.
Since Kyle Dubas joined the Leafs organization in 2014, seven players that developed with the Marlies originally on an AHL contract later went on to be signed by the NHL club. Those players are:
Byron Froese
Justin Holl
Mason Marchment
Kristians Rubins
Pavel Gogolev
Curtis Douglas
Bobby McMann
The last two, Douglas and McMann, were inked just this past season. At least one player signed by the Marlies has gone on to be signed by the Maple Leafs in six out of the past eight years. Only …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

3 teams who will regret not hiring Raptors coach Adrian Griffin

3 teams who will regret not hiring Raptors coach Adrian Griffin

The Toronto Raptors have seen many of their top assistants move on to greener pastures in the last few years. While Jama Mahlalela and Patrick Mutombo moved from the G League to Golden State and Phoenix, Chris Finch turned the Minnesota Timberwolves into a playoff team. Despite that, Adrian Griffin remains on the bench. Griffin […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 more Raptors moves that would give Toronto an A+ offseason

3 more Raptors moves that would give Toronto an A+ offseason

The Toronto Raptors are still trying their best to lure Kevin Durant away from the Brooklyn Nets, but they shouldn’t completely neglect the rest of their offseason checklist in order to accomplish that goal. With Summer League coming to a close soon, the roster could use a little nip and tuck. Toronto still has a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ