Raptors’ 15th man set in Stone? | Toronto Sun

“Julyan Stone is a impressive multiple player. I don’t want to call him a point guard because he’s a 1-2-3 (point guard, shooting guard and small forward) and probably could get away with guarding some small forwards,” Casey said. “He has been impressive at that position (the point), just because of his flexibility that he gives us, especially at the defensive end. He can guard those little quick guys, his length bothers them. I thought he did a good job the other night against (Minnesota’s J.J.) Barea with his length, and he could be making a case for himself.”

From Beal to Zeller, 10 players ready for a breakout season | NBA.com

“He’s still learning,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Saturday. “The main thing with him is he had such a long way to go to learn the NBA, just the nuances of the NBA, the timing, the quickness … he came in blind. We had to tell him who the players were, what their strengths were. And he missed all of training camp last year. That start [last season] was a lot of him not knowing what was going on, and getting his timing back. As the year got better, he got better.”

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas practicing the ‘Hibbert’ | Indy Cornrows

If Hibbert continues to effectively anchor the Pacers’ elite defense while successfully utilizing the law of verticality; it will most likely be commonplace for fans to see various young stars (i.e. Jonas Valanciunas) imitating the “Hibbert” in the paint for years to come.

Raptors: Instruction the priority in intrasquad game | Toronto Star

Finding a consistent style for the second unit is one of Casey’s goals over the final pre-season games. It is not a group rife with scoring, nor is it particularly big and tough; finding out what it can be could be difficult. “What we have to do is get a rhythm with a second unit, get them an identity,” said the coach. “Our first group is more of a system offensive-type team, our second unit is more of a draw and kick (offence) and that’s the identity we want from them.” There will be lots of time to get important work in. The Raptors have just four games left before the start of the season and they are well spread out.

Rudy Gay: trade to Chicago for Carlos Boozer? | Raptors Rapture

Raps do this deal because: Rudy’s contract is a giant millstone around GM Masai Ujiri’s neck. The player can opt in to the final year of his grossly overpaid contract next season, and he’d be a fool if he didn’t. Who is going to pay him $19.3M otherwise? Boozer’s contract is finished after next season [h/t: reader Guy for correction], and I’d rather try to trade Boozer for kids at the trade deadline than Rudy.

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  • 2damkule

    the raptors rupture article is ill-conceived, as it’s based on the premise that gay not opting in to next year’s deal is foolish; true, if he opts out, he’s unlikely to sign a multi-year deal for the same avg annual amount, but the point is, he’d be signing a multi-year deal, likely with an avg in the mid-teens. it would actually be foolish if he opted in, as he’d be at risk of playing out the final year of a contract on what is likely to be a mediocre team (which lowers his value), while exposing himself to injury risk. long-term security is as important, if not more so, as getting as much $$ as possible year-to-year. IMO, i think he’d prefer 4yrs @ AAS of $15M per than one more year @ 19 and then ???.

    • WhiteVegas

      You’re right, the raptor raprture article is extremely ill conceived. Not only is Rudy likely to opt out, but Boozer’s contract is the same length without the option to opt out. So if we trade for Boozer, we are guaranteed to be shelling out $16.8M in 2014-15 for Boozer. I’d rather keep Gay, as I firmly believe he has more value around the league than Boozer does. Despite how some people feel about him, you can’t deny he is one of the top 10 SF in the game. Boozer’s skills at PF are not quite as eilte since the PF position is much deeper throughout the NBA than the SF position. Also Rudy is 4 years younger than Boozer, which also helps his value.

  • Marz

    I’m very worried about the amount of focus the “second-unit” is getting by Casey. The second unit isn’t meant to be playing all at once, and should have at least 1-2 starters on the court at all time. I feel like Casey’s learned little from last year with his “hockey line” changes… let’s hope he’s only talking about intrasquad games and doesn’t do that during the actual season!

    • 2damkule

      perhaps, and i realize that this is a longshot, but still…maybe, just maybe, casey is trying to see what kind of team he has, who among the flotsam might actually be an NBA-quality 10th man, etc? i know it makes more sense to go into the season not really knowing who on your bench can be counted on to provide garbage-time minutes without embarrassing &/or killing themselves or someone else, but maybe casey has some weird & elaborate plan to use the PRE-SEASON to figure this stuff out? i dunno, i kind of think the point of the PRE-SEASON is to try hard to win as many games as possible, especially now since PRE-SEASON games still mean so much when it comes to determining playoff seeding.

      • Marz

        Your sarcasm is noted and unnecessary. Yes, pre-season is to try things out. But I would, in my personal opinion that may not be shared with others, rather him try out line ups he actually intends on using rather than random permutations of 2nd unit players to determine the pecking order on the bench.

        Why not experiment with a lineup of 2 starters + 3 bench players instead of 5 bench players? How often will 5 bench players be playing together at the same time during the regular season? I’m hoping not often, but as I indicated in my previous post, there were times last season that I felt he actually DID put an entire lineup of 2nd-3rd stringers on the floor and it made the game unwatchable.

        • 2damkule

          look, i’m not in casey’s head, so i don’t know what his motivations are with respect to the lineups he trots out. i assume that there’s about a 1% chance that we’ll see a lineup of 5 scrubs in anything other than a total blowout game, and even then, the purpose would be to send a message to his starters/core players (and again, i’m assuming that they’d be on the wrong side of a blowout in such a case).

          my point was that pre-season is where you separate the wheat from the chaff – i’m guessing that he wants to see which of his bench players step up and are able to be somewhat competent when he’s not able to hide amongst superior players from a talent perspective.

  • http://www.wearingfilm.com/picketfence/ Tim W.

    No offense to Roy Hibbert, but calling it “Hibbert defense” is giving him far too much credit. Bill Russell, who came into the league more than 50 years ago, defended the paint the same way. Only better.