Using analytics to address questions and set expectations for the 2019-20 Raptors

Title: Using analytics to address questions and set expectations for the 2019-20 Raptors
Date: July 24, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest at The Athletic, I collaborated with Seth Partnow to attack some of the biggest questions facing the Raptors from an analytic perspective.

The Toronto Raptors will defend their 2018-19 NBA Championship in a transition year of sorts.

With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green out, there are large holes to fill in the starting lineup and in the team’s hierarchy at both ends of the floor. That uncertainty has opened the door for an array of opinions on the 2019-20 club, ranging from lottery-bound to legitimate contender to defend at least their Eastern Conference crown. As is usually the case, the reality is likelier to fall toward the 50th percentile than either pole. But where is that meatier middle ground?

We’ve enlisted The Athletic NBA analyst Seth Partnow to help calibrate Raptors expectations for the year ahead. Prior to joining The Athletic this spring, Partnow was the Milwaukee Bucks’ director of basketball research. So on top of his technical expertise, he should be intimately familiar with the Raptors.

Using a variety of advanced metrics and a perspective sharpened inside an NBA front office, Partnow helped us examine factors such as Kyle Lowry’s aging curve, Pascal Siakam’s next step, where the Raptors will get their offence from and more.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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