Caboclo Begins NBA Journey With First Toronto Appearance

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Like the majority of first-round draftees, Bruno Caboclo spent Thursday night in New York City. Unlike the rest of them, though, Caboclo did not hear his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Instead, he found out the Toronto Raptors had selected him 20th overall after reading a tweet on his phone in the backseat of a taxi.

“Somebody from Brazil tweeted us and said, ‘Oh my God, Bruno at 20,’” basketball and personal advisor Eduardo Resende said at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. “The taxi driver didn’t understand what went on. We ...

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Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?

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As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today.  The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.

So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?

Toronto fans would remember three very well.

It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
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Landry Fields On Signing His Face Off For New ABC Series

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This weekend you can turn on your television to see Landry Fields looking a little different than usual. Participating in ABC’s new summer reality competition Sing Your Face Off, Fields will be taking on a different persona each week. In a recently released clip, Fields was dressed in red pants, wig and full makeup performing as Lionel Richie. On the phone from Los Angeles awaiting the airing of the show, Raptors.com caught up with Fields to talk about his side hustle.

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Tyler Ennis Begins Pre-Draft Circuit At Home For Raptors

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Thursday morning marked the beginning of pre-draft workouts for Tyler Ennis. Kicking things off at home in Toronto was a pretty solid way to start. The 19-year-old one-and-done Syracuse point guard was pleased to take another step toward his dream of making it to the NBA in a gym he’s already familiar with.

It was just two years ago that Ennis was one of the youngest players participating in a ...

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Raptors Pre-Draft Workout Participants: May 28th

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First Session – Media availability at 11:30 a.m.

Second Session – Media availability at 11:00 a.m.

 

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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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State Farm® Shows Raptors Were Born To Assist™in 2013-14

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Early on during the 2013-14 season, the Raptors didn’t exactly appear born to assist. With an offence geared around two high-volume scorers, the Raptors ranked last in the NBA in total assists for November and stumbled out of the gate to a 6-12 record.

After a seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings on December 9th however, everything changed. Nearly instantly, the Raptors placed an increased emphasis on sharing the ball and the results were spectacular. With a reconfigured starting five and essentially a whole new bench in place, the Raptors led ...

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This Week In Raptors Off-Court Performances…

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#1 – Landry Fields: Clutch performance by Landry on the upcoming ABC series Sing Your Face Off. After you come to grips with the fact that this is actually happening, you’ll notice that Fields kills it with his performance of Lionel Richie’s classic “Dancing On The Ceiling”. It’s impressive to go from one huge stage to another singing and dancing like this, but take into account the heavy makeup, wig, mustache and shoulder pads that would be Crockett and Tubbs approved. We may possibly be looking at the new undisputed all-time Raptors off-court ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: Mining For Talent At Twenty

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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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Throwback Thursday: Damon Stoudamire’s Postseason Praise

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As we settle into the postseason, there is a repetitive antsy anticipation for October on the loose. That sixty to zero brake shake is always a shocker especially after a season that drove the city of Toronto to an incredible level of participation and pride.

Welcome to the nineteenth offseason in franchise history. I hope you’re settling in alright and I promise that it somehow always flies by. If my #TBT Spidey Sense is correct, this time next year we’ll be throwing it back to the very first Raptors Day in the ...

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