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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

Feb 8, 2019 11:06 AM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign Malcolm Miller to a 10-day contract.

Miller was playing for Raptors 905 in the G League.

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Chris Boucher Named G League Player Of The Month

Dec 4, 2018 4:12 PM

Chris Boucher has been named the G League Player of the Month for November.

Boucher averaged 29.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game in November. 

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Kay Felder Released By Raptors 905 After Domestic Violence Charge

Dec 4, 2018 9:15 AM

Kay Felder has been released by Raptors 905 following a domestic violence charge.

Raptors 905 released a statement Monday afternoon:

"On Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Raptors 905 guard Kay Felder was charged by police in connection with an allegation of domestic violence. Raptors 905 have waived Felder, effective immediately. As this matter is before the courts, Raptors 905 will not comment further."

Felder had been averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 11 games for Raptors 905 this season.

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