Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: A Brief History Of Thievery After Twenty

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With a month until the 2014 Draft, speculation about the first overall pick is heating up. Predictions about how the lottery will shake out are changing daily. As we mentioned in Part 1 of our draft primer, there have been plenty of solid players selected with the 20th pick, which is where the Toronto Raptors will be drafting in the first round, barring a trade.

In the 19 years since the team’s inception, here’s a look at the best post-20th pick draft-day steals.

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Michael Finley’s 15-year career started in Phoenix when he ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: Mining For Talent At Twenty

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Related: More From MacKenzie | More on 2014 Draft from NBA.com

When the 2014 draft rolls around on June 26, for the first time since 2008 the Toronto Raptors will likely not have a lottery pick. Having made the postseason after a five-year drought, barring a trade, Toronto is slated to pick 20th.

It’s not often that the Raptors are situated here. In the 2008 draft, they selected Roy Hibbert at 17, but this was part of a prearranged deal with the Indiana Pacers for Jermaine ...

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May 12th Declared “Raptors Day” In Recognition Of Memorable Season

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One solid way to kick off the week is to spend Monday morning watching Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announce that May 12, 2014 is Raptors Day.

Joining Kelly at Nathan Phillips Square were Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and point guard Greivis Vasquez. While Kelly presented the team with an official proclamation, the team presented Kelly with a personalized Raptors jersey. Kelly didn’t waste any time taking off his suit jacket to put it on.

“It’s big time,” ...

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Lowry Joins NBA TV Panel, Would Rather Be Playing

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If Kyle Lowry had his way, he would have just returned to Toronto after playing two games against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Of course, with the Toronto Raptors dropping a 104-103 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 last Sunday, Lowry’s summer has started a bit earlier than he had hoped. The point guard hasn’t totally clocked out for vacation yet, though.

The self-described basketball junkie made time to join the NBA TV Gametime crew on Thursday night. When Lowry isn’t playing basketball, he’s watching it, ...

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Cohesive Raptors Adopt Personality Of Their Coach

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There are two things players see as they are exiting the Toronto Raptors locker room on a game night. Taped to the door is a printout containing the names and photos of the three officials working the game. To the left of the door is a 1300-pound boulder.

That boulder has been there since head coach Dwane Casey took over in 2011. Knowing he was entering a rebuilding opportunity, it served as a physical reminder of the mantra he hoped would guide his team through growing pains.

The Raptors are not the ...

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With An Eye On Continuity, Raptors Target Offseason Priorities

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For DeMar DeRozan, locker room clean-out day has always been unpleasant. In addition to having to remove your workout gear from the locker that has been the home away from home, it means standing in front of media members to detail what went wrong. It means talking about failures and shortcomings and trying to explain why goals were not accomplished while trying to deal with the disappointment of the season ending.

This year, it was different.

Losing out on advancing to the conference semifinals by a single point, Sunday’s game was fresh ...

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Ujiri Makes Make Impassioned Plea For Abducted Girls In Nigeria

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Related: Ujiri in Globe & Mail – Nigeria’s missing daughters need the world’s help

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is a powerful speaker. When he talks, people listen. Usually, Ujiri is holding court to discuss basketball and, at first, Tuesday morning wasn’t any different. In front of Toronto media members on hand to hear from Ujiri and Dwane Casey about the head coach’s new three-year deal, the GM took a moment to talk about what is happening in his native Nigeria.

Unprompted, Ujiri closed his news conference by speaking out against ...

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Casey Earns New Deal After Raptors Make Strides

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It took less than 48 hours after the end of the Toronto Raptors season for the team to lock up head coach Dwane Casey to a three-year deal. If general manager Masai Ujiri had his way, it could have happened sooner.

“I’ll be honest with you guys,” Ujiri said. “The first time I went to coach Casey with this and we talked about this… coach Casey was the first one to say, ‘let’s do it after the season.’

“I ...

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Greivis Vasquez Drops An All-Time Classic Exit Interview

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From the second he touched down in Toronto after being traded to the Raptors from the Sacramento Kings, Greivis Vasquez has been happy to be here. During his exit interview with members of the Toronto media on Monday afternoon, Vasquez, a self-described emotional guy, didn’t shy back from sharing his love and appreciation of a city he says, “changed his life and recuperated his career.”

Here is the full transcript of Vasquez’ year end interview, what made him fall in love with ...

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Raptors Disappointed In Game 7 Loss, But Encouraged By Journey

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Recap | More From MacKenzie: Heartbreak To End Season | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

The scene in the Toronto Raptors locker room after their 104-103 series-ending loss to the Brooklyn Nets was a reflection of a team that had taken everyone by surprise.

As the media horde waited inside an adjacent room for the okay to enter, there were wives, girlfriends and fiancees, mothers, fathers and children streaming through the hallway into the family room until their husband/boyfriend/son/father finished with his media obligations.

When the media were finally allowed in, the ...

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