Nov 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) defends in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors 3 Point Defense – Cause for Concern?

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Nov 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) defends in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY SportsThe Raps’ current defense is giving up the three. They’re middle of the pack for 3PA allowed, but a… Read more »

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Why Not to Spend – Cheapskate Edition

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Some have been adamant that right now is not a good time to spend money, and actually is the best to AVOID it. Everyone else seems to disagree because the 2016/2017 vet max (30%) will only be 24.5% of the salary in 2017/18, effectively making the max, not max. Let’s look deeper. Let’s start at the 2016… Read more »

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What Happens if 2016 Playoffs is a Repeat of 2014 & 2015?

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Sort of a Part 2 from Building a Contender on a Knife’s Edge. As reflected in that post, the Raptors don’t have a lot of margin for error in building this current team due to roster composition and salary commitments. We have no idea at what point Masai looks …. Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this:

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Building a Contender on a Knife’s Edge?

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We can’t say that we can’t build a contender with DD on a max (or near max) deal, just that the popular saying “more than one way to build a contender” may not actually apply here. If we want max $ level of productivity from Demar, we may need to build a contender in a… Read more »

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Grading Masai So Far

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It’s been a couple years at the helm as the Raptors GM for Masai. Overall, how do you think he’s done? Still optimistic or on the fence with his leadership? Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this:

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Is PF the Weakest Position in the NBA Right Now?

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You scan the NBA searching out players the Raptors could trade for and you might realized that the PF spot could be the weakest position going. There are no truly dominant two way PFs. In fact many teams … Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this:

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Who Are The Guys Ujiri Doesn’t Love?

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Pretty obvious who he didn’t love last season. In a recent article via the Globe & Mail they claim Masai still has guys on the roster who he doesn’t necessarily love, but tolerates them for the sake of talent. Who do you think those players are? Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this:

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Where Does JV Rank Among Centers After Game 13?

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Ran numbers directly from NBA.com Variables used were all starting centers, playing in at least 4 games, and playing at least 20 minutes. Come and see where he sits in the rankings? Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this:

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Looking For Shooters

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There seems to be widespread agreement at this point that one of the Raptors’ core offensive problems is a lack of three-shooting. The team only has four historically above-average three-point shooters: Lowry, Patterson, Ross and Carroll. Patterson is ice-cold right now, Ross was cold before he got injured, Lowry is shooting league average at best… Read more »

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Should we look at the triangle offense?

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This year, Jonas is coming into his own as a low post player and we have two very good guards to work with him. Sounds like Triangle time to me! Thoughts? Follow @raptorsrepublicFollow @DocNaismithShare this: