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Long Island Nets Acquire Justin Anderson From Raptors 905 For Henry Ellenson

Jan 21, 2020 11:55 AM

The Long Island Nets have acquired guard/forward Justin Anderson from the Raptors 905 in exchange for forward/center Henry Ellenson. 

In a corresponding move, the Nets have requested waivers on guard Ash Yacoubou.

Anderson (6’5”, 231) appeared in 15 games (all starts) for the Raptors 905 this season, recording averages of 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.6 minutes per game. On Jan. 6, Anderson signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and appeared in three games for Brooklyn. Over four NBA seasons with Dallas (2015-17), Philadelphia (2017-18), Atlanta (2018-19) and Brooklyn (2019-20), Anderson has appeared in 219 NBA games and holds career averages of 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in seven games (all starts) for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League during the 2015-16 season, where he averaged 23.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 38.3 minutes per game.

Anderson was originally selected by Dallas with the 21st pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Justin Anderson Re-Signs With Raptors 905

Jan 17, 2020 7:51 AM

Raptors 905 have re-signed Justin Anderson.

Anderson recently came off a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

Anderson performed well during his initial 13 games with the 905, averaging 21.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 48.4 per cent shooting.

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Raptors Waive Shamorie Ponds

Jan 15, 2020 11:41 AM

The Toronto Raptors have waived guard Shamorie Ponds.

He appeared in four games for Toronto this season, tallying nine points in 11 minutes of action. Ponds originally signed a two-way contract Oct. 23, 2019.  

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Nets Waive David Nwaba, Sign Justin Anderson To 10-Day Contract

Jan 3, 2020 10:56 AM

The Brooklyn Nets will waive David Nwaba and sign Justin Anderson of Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.

Nwaba is out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Anderson is averaging 21.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 33.6 minutes per game in the G League this season. Anderson was the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Virginia.

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Nick Nurse: Difference Between 25th Player In Draft And 95th Is Getting Thinner

Jan 2, 2020 11:58 AM

Terence Davis began receiving contract offers at halftime of his first Vegas Summer League game in July. Davis finished the game with 22 points and five three-pointers just days after going undrafted in June.

Within hours after the game, Davis had a guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors.

"I had to make sure nobody was looking over my shoulder reading my texts," agent Adam Pensack said. "Several of the teams I was texting with were sitting near me and I didn't want them to see the conversations I was having about TD. It was a very unique situation."

In addition to Davis, the Raptors also have Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher as key contributors who went undrafted.

"You're seeing more undrafted guys contribute, and I think a possible reason is the difference between the 25th player in the draft and the 95th player is getting thinner," said Nick Nurse. "It makes player development and using your G League team important factors."

The Raptors believe Raptors 905's 2017 G League title with VanVleet and Siakam playing large roles was a key element of the franchise winning an NBA title in 2019.

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Raptors Sign Shamorie Ponds To Two-Way Contract

Oct 23, 2019 3:08 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Shamorie Ponds to a two-way contract.

Ponds, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, averaged 2.3 points and 6.7 minutes in three preseason appearances with the Houston Rockets. He also participated with the Rockets’ entry at NBA Summer League 2019 in Las Vegas, averaging 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in five games.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ponds posted career averages of 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 35.2 minutes in 96 games at St. John’s (2016-19).

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Raptors Convert Oshae Brissett To Two-Way Contract

Oct 21, 2019 1:40 PM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the two-way player conversion option on forward Oshae Brissett.

Brissett, 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, averaged 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 10.2 minutes in four preseason outings with the Raptors.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Brissett played two collegiate seasons (2017-19) at Syracuse, posting averages of 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 35.7 minutes in 71 career contests. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18.

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Jerry Stackhouse Credits D-League Experience For Preparing Him For Vanderbilt Job

Jun 1, 2019 7:59 PM

Jerry Stackhouse discussed the impact of his two seasons coaching the Raptors 905, telling Frank Isola of The Athletic that his experienced in the D-League prepared him to take over at Vanderbilt.

Stackhouse's run included leading the Raptors 905 to a D-League title in 2017. Stackhouse was named the D-League coach of the year for that season.

“Coaching in the D-League was huge for me. There’s no way I’m here right now without it. A lot of people in college basketball don’t understand the G League. It’s a pro league...Having that experience I knew I was ready for the head coaching job in the NBA or in college," Stackhouse told Isola.

Stackhouse revealed his pride in watching former D-League pupils Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Norman Powell play in the NBA Finals.

Siakam was named the finals MVP for the Raptors 905 team that won the title.

“I felt like a proud papa watching that," Stackhouse said of Siakam's 32-point performance in game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Raptors 905 Credited With Development Of Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell

May 30, 2019 2:39 AM

Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Norman Powell are 3 key players in the Toronto Raptors' rotation who were developed through the Raptors 905, the team's G League affiliate.

"Those [three] are people that are now part of a system and are ingrained in what is now Raptors' culture. For them, it began early in their careers with the 905. It helped to really formulate who they are as Raptors now," said the 905's head coach Jama Mahlalela.

Siakam was named the MVP of the final when the 905 won the championship in 2017.

"Those players can be put in big situations, and yes, the G League playoffs are not the same as the NBA playoffs. But there's pressure, there's responsibility, there's coverages, there's understanding what's on the floor," added Mahlalela.

Alfonzo McKinnie for the Warriors also played on the 905's.

"It's better than sitting toward the end of the bench and not getting a constant role, constant time on the court. This allows the team to go right up the stream. We run the same offence, the same schemes [as the Raptors]. It gives them a chance to go out there and play with a team and stay fresh and stay ready and develop," added 905's general manager Chad Sanders.

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Chris Boucher Named G League MVP, Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 1, 2019 2:05 PM

Raptors 905 forward Chris Boucher has been named the 2018-19 NBA G League Most Valuable Player and the 2018-19 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year. He becomes the first player to win both awards in the same season. The Canadian is also the first international player to earn MVP honors.

Boucher (6-11, 200, Oregon), who signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors last October before having it converted to a standard NBA contract in February, averaged 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots and shot 51.0 percent from the field in 28 games with Raptors 905. Among players who appeared in at least 28 games, Boucher ranked third in scoring, sixth in rebounding and first in blocks. Raptors 905 went 20-8 with him in the lineup and 29-21 overall.

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Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller To 10-Day Contract
Malcolm Miller was playing for Raptors 905 in the G League.

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