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


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.


Michael Finley’s 15-year career started in Phoenix when he […]

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Breaking Down Barbosa To The Pacers

Quick hits on the Raptors move to send Leandro Barbosa  to the Pacers for a second-round pick and cash.

– I’ve seen fans online questioning the haul (to put it mildly), but here’s what armchair GM’s need to consider:

a) The value of first-round picks in what’s believed to be a very strong draft seems very high. Look at the salary the Cavs had to take on just to get a low first-round pick to confirm that.

b) Barbosa, who’s an expiring deal, could be nothing more than a playoff run-rental for the […]

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Life On The Second Bus – Newark

Leo Rautins and I look back on the Raptors’ win over the Cavaliers, ahead to tonight’s matchup against the Nets and we discuss a bracket-busting blow to Leo’s Syracuse Orangemen.

NBA.com Preview | Game Notes

Probable Starters

TOR – Jerryd Bayless (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Andrea Bargnani (F), Amir Johnson (C).
NJN – Jordan Farmar (G), Marshon Brooks (G), Deshawn Stevenson (F), Kris Humphries (F), Shelden Williams (C)

Key Injuries

TOR – Jose Calderon (right ankle sprain) – out
NJN – Damion James (right foot surgery) – out, Brook Lopez (sprained right ankle) […]

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Sitting Down With Leandro Barbosa

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Pre-Game With Leandro Barbosa

Check out my interview with Leandro Barbosa before the Raptors visit the Celtics in Boston.

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Raptors Prepare For A Season Unlike Any Other


Leandro Barbosa touches his head. Then he taps a spot on his chest directly above his heart.

“It’s going to take both,” he says.

Media Day brought the first public viewing of the 2011-2012 Raptors and it will be a regular season like no other.

The Raptors will play 66 games in an astonishing 113 days. What begins Boxing Day in Cleveland will end four months later at home against the New Jersey Nets.

“Man, it’s insane,” said centre Aaron Gray, a seven-footer who played last season with the New Orleans Hornets.

“We’re doing two-a-days […]

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