Title: Raptors 905 Report: Raptors 905 Report: Malachi Flynn and Jalen Harris channel Lowry and DeRozan
Date: February 18, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I checked in on the progress of Raptors 905 through their first six bubble games.
While Raptors 905 replicating the NBA Raptors is always the goal, it’s rarely as obvious as it was Wednesday.
Part of the synergy between programs that’s helped the Raptors’ player development thrive is a consistency of message, role and scheme. Personnel and personalities necessitate change, though. Jesse Mermuys had to bring Bruno Caboclo along before he was entirely ready for the role the system dictated. Jerry Stackhouse put his own spin on the offence to leverage Axel Toupane’s effectiveness in the Raptors’ (and now Pacers’) “Loop” series. Jama Mahlalela had to simplify some of Nick Nurse’s zone concepts amid heavy roster turnover. Watch closely, and you can see patterns and differences across the teams.
You can also, on occasion, see something so plainly borrowed from the Raptors that it pops Raptors Twitter watching along on a wintry weekday morning. Such was the case in the second quarter of the 905’s game against the AC Clippers, when Malachi Flynn found Jalen Harris for an alley-oop: