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How James Johnson Resurrected His NBA Career, Choosing D-League Instead Of Overseas

by Shams Charania

Dec 24, 2014 10:25 AM

From out of the NBA and nearly overseas, to becoming a top contributor with the Grizzlies last season and a guaranteed $5 million deal now with Toronto, James Johnson is the best case going of career resurgence. Read more »

Tags: James Johnson, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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The Inadvertent Contenders

by Christopher Reina

Dec 22, 2014 2:01 AM

The Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but would be in the middle of a rebuild if not for the Knicks having too much respect for Masai Ujiri's GM jumper. Read more »

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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The NBA's Last High School Class

by Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 1, 2014 10:05 PM

Gerald Green, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams and Amir Johnson were part of the final high school class to go straight to the NBA. Talent was never the issue for any of these guys, but it took them awhile to find their place as they were caught between two eras. Read more »

Tags: Gerald Green, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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2014-15 NBA Season Tiers Preview

by Daniel Leroux

The Spurs, Clippers and Cavaliers enter the season as Tier One teams, while the Bulls, Raptors, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and several other Western Conference teams are in that second tier. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Offseason Review

by Daniel Leroux

The Cavs, 76ers, Spurs, Nuggets, Hornets and Suns were amongst teams to have a great offseason, while the Thunder, Magic, Kings, Lakers, Pacers and Knicks had bad ones. Read more »
Raptors Look To Build Upon Top-10 Efficiency On Both Sides Of Floor

by Benjamin Cantor

Retaining the core of a 48-win team and solidifying the bench were the themes of the Raptors' offseason. A committed defense, offensive familiarity, and strong depth have Toronto set up for another successful regular season. Read more »
Re-Signing Kyle Lowry As The Final Piece For Toronto

by Jonathan Tjarks

With Kyle Lowry under contract for the next four years, the Raptors have every one of their two-way playing starting five locked up for the indefinite future. This is a team on the rise, regardless of how much star power they have. Read more »
Team-By-Team Analysis Of The 2014 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

With the new CBA magnifying the importance of the draft and one of the most talented groups of prospects in recent years, what happened on Thursday night will have significant ramifications on the balance of power in the NBA for the next decade. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Draft Review

by Daniel Leroux

Breaking down which teams had Great, Good, Enh and Bad drafts with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid going in the top-3. Read more »
10-Year NBA Win Rank Snapshot

by Christopher Reina

A 10-year season-by-season Win Rank snapshot for an NBA franchise creates an insightful visual narrative. Read more »
DeRozan Never Doubted Future With Raptors, Validated In Franchise Turnaround

by Shams Charania

DeMar DeRozan had to prove the organizationís old vision of him as a cornerstone, as an efficient guard and reliable leader. He needed to mature as a two-way, inside and out player. For DeRozan, the departure of Gay had been the precise sign. His stats couldnít be empty anymore. Read more »
Raptors' Late Game Offense Less Alpha, More Pack

by Andrew Perna

The Raptors have taken 82 shots in a clutch situation, but not one player accounts for even a third of those attempts. The Raptors don't have an alpha dog, as they have a number of late-game options. Read more »
2014 First Round Picks (Which Teams Own The Picks?)

by Daniel Leroux

While RealGM has an excellent database of the draft picks that have been traded between teams, we wanted to put together a summary more focused on the upcoming draft. Read more »
How Vince Carter's Extended Third Act Reshapes The First Two

by Jonathan Tjarks

Only the best of the best can survive 15 seasons in the NBA, a ruthlessly Darwinian league. With a 16.1 PER and the ability to meaningfully impact the game on both sides of the ball at multiple positions, Vince Carter could fit with almost any team in the league at 37. Read more »
More Than Just A Dunker: The Development Of Terrence Ross

by Andrew Perna

Terrence Ross has quickly built his reputation in the NBA as one of the world's most explosive dunkers, but his ceiling and long-term production is dependent on his development as a shooter. Read more »
Why The Raptors May Already Be Done With Their Rebuild

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Raptors are a versatile team with lineup options on their bench. They can play Lowry and Vasquez together or go big on the perimeter with Vasquez, Ross and Salmons. Toronto 2.0 puts pressure on the opponent for all 48 minutes. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Raptors Trade Rudy Gay To Kings

by Daniel Leroux

In trading Rudy Gay, the Raptors get a better look at the young talent that actually matters to their future while gaining more flexibility at a time they can actually use it with the possibility of two more interesting players. Read more »
Top-60 Players In NBA Today (Considering Everything)

by Daniel Leroux

The goal here is look at overall long-term value of players by considering age, contract, positional scarcity and of course overall quality, without factors like a playerís connection with a franchise or fit within a specific system. Read more »
2013-14 NBA Season Preview

by Daniel Leroux

While the Western Conference has six teams (Clippers, Thunder, Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors) in its first tier, the Eastern Conference is a tier of one (Heat) with the Bulls, Pacers and Nets vying for the second tier. Read more »
The NBA's Mediocrity Treadmill Since 84-85

by Matthew Gordon

The treadmill is somehow both more and less common than some might think. While teams tend to fall within the 30-49 win range, as would be expected in such a competitive league, the dreaded never-ending stream of late lottery picks is uncommon. Read more »