Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 1

Alex Rucker offers quantitative analytical support to the Raptors coaching staff and front office. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

The opportunity to sit and chat with Raptors Director of Analytics Alex Rucker is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Advanced stats isn’t a topic we’ve heard a lot about with relation to the Raptors over the years and Rucker has been a big part of its recent growth within the organization.

I met him inside the Raptors front office headquarters at ACC recently to talk tweets, trends, summer transactions and a how ...

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New Point Guard Kyle Lowry Has A Fan In Alvin Williams

Kyle Lowry, acquired by the Raptors from the Houston Rockets brings an aggressive win-at-all costs countenance to the Raptors.

About eight years ago, Raptors assistant coach Alvin Williams scrimmaged at Villanova in his hometown of Philadelphia.

He faced another Philly-born point guard,  a kid he had helped recruit to the school.

“I thought he was a jerk,” said Williams, who played 460 games for the Raptors from 1998-2006 before ravaged knees forced his retirement at 30.

“I know what Alvin would have said,” Kyle Lowry said, laughing. “It’s just a matter of maturing ...

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Raptors Can’t Cap Comeback In Houston

 

It may have been the Raptors’ first of two matchups against a solid Rockets squad this season on Tuesday, but the script seemed to be a familiar one.

One letdown quarter — this time being the first — just proved too costly for a team with a near microscopic margin of error. To the Raptors’ credit, they battled incredibly hard down the stretch (with several starters on the bench) and had a shot to tie it down 86-83  with 11 seconds to play, but they couldn’t get a good look out ...

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