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2017 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

by Keith P Smith

Jun 21, 2017 4:53 PM

The Raptors have two starters and two of their top reserves becoming free agents. Without viable backups ready to step in behind them, that puts added pressure on Masai Ujiri to retain each player. Read more »

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Appreciating The NBA For More Than Its Champion-Crowning Exercise

by Colin McGowan

May 9, 2017 4:43 PM

The inevitability of it is only a problem in the run-up to the actual event: Golden State and Cleveland are the two best teams in the league, which is what we want in a Finals, right? And they often draw exquisite basketball out of each other. Read more »

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Tactical Quandaries: Cavaliers Vs. Raptors Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

May 1, 2017 11:01 AM

On Dwane Casey's difficult decision on when and how much to play Jonas Valanciunas and whether the Cavaliers should trap DeMar DeRozan instead of continuing their conservative approach on defense. Read more »

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Tactical Quandaries: Raptors Vs. Bucks Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Looking at the best way for the Bucks to use Giannis Antetokounmpo against a Toronto defense bolstered at the deadline to stop a player like him (i.e. LeBron) and how much should Jonas Valanciunas be featured on offense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
How Masai Ujiri Approached The Deadline With LeBron In Mind

by Brett Koremenos

The reason the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker have the potential to be so impactful are because they will give Toronto more options for combating the LeBron-related headaches that pop up not only game to game in playoff series, but possession to possession. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Improve Again With Trade For P.J. Tucker

by Keith P Smith

With P.J. Tucker, the Raptors acquired a very good and versatile defender who will also help their spacing while also improving their ability to play small to finish games. Read more »
Eastern Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

While the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks and Heat could be either buyers or sellers, there are a number of teams in the East that will be aggressive at the deadline. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic

by Keith P Smith

Toronto is going all-in on this season by acquiring Serge Ibaka to fill their longtime need at power forward, while the Magic tried to recoup some of what was lost in dealing for him while also making their roster more coherent. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Limitations Of A Double-Threat Backcourt

by Colin McGowan

Destroying the rest of the league with speed and finesse has an enduring appeal. But despite the success of the Warriors and Raptors, it remains exceedingly difficult to build a winner through the backcourt as the Blazers and Wizards are finding this season. Read more »
DeMar DeRozan Becoming The Franchise Player Few Expected

by Michael Pina

DeMar DeRozan doesn't evolve every year, so much as he relentlessly enhances what he's already really good at. His career has been an annual step in the right direction. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Atlantic Division

by Brett Koremenos

On Al Horford's impact on an already good Boston defense, how the Knicks can move away from the Triangle, whether the Nets should keep Brook Lopez, how Toronto will replace Bismack Biyombo and Brett Brown's Spurs-style offense with Philadelphia. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Toronto Raptors

by Colin McGowan

The Raptors are not going to win a title with this squad, but in our lives we have to accept when absolute success is beyond us and resolve to have fun regardless. They're making the best of the league they're living in. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Atlantic Division

by Keith P Smith

On the Raptors and Celtics trying to take the next step as playoff contenders, the Knicks working on building around Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, while the 76ers and Nets look long-term. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Bismack Biyombo Signs With Magic For $72M

by Christopher Reina

Seemingly out of nowhere, Bismack Biyombo became a plenty respectable generic drug version of Dikembe Mutombo. Now he joins a crowded yet talented Magic frontcourt on a reasonable contract. Read more »
Grading The Deal: DeMar DeRozan Stays With Toronto On $139M Deal

by Christopher Reina

DeMar DeRozan is coming off a four-year, $40 million extension signed in 2012 that he clearly outperformed and is now infinitely more expensive on his new deal. Read more »
Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »
2016 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

by Keith P Smith

Given the fact that Toronto signed both Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross last summer, and their clear desire to bring back DeMar DeRozan, this may be a relatively quiet for Masai Ujiri unless he does something major to free up space to re-sign Bismack Biyombo. Read more »