Raptors 905 Report: Henry Ellenson, Malachi Flynn and grading a successful G League run

Title: Raptors 905 Report: Henry Ellenson, Malachi Flynn and grading a successful G League run
Date: March 10, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrapped up the Raptors 905 season with some player and staff grades and a look at what’s next for key members of the team.

There are a number of ways to measure success in the G League.

For Raptors 905, winning comes above all else in the moment. “Just win” was the mantra of head coach Patrick Mutombo throughout the bubble season. The belief that winning lifts everyone is engrained in the Raptors’ player development philosophy, and even in the so-called minor leagues, it’s a major priority and a key piece of how they evaluate themselves.

The 905, then, were disappointed Tuesday night when they were eliminated by Delaware in the league’s semifinals. The one-and-done playoff format allows for no nights off, and the No. 1-seed 905 had one for the first time in 10 games at the worst possible time. It wasn’t all bad — Delaware is very good, and the 905 fought until the final buzzer to climb back into the game — but this is a team that (rightly) believed they could win it all. A 13-4 record overall and a top-four finish is still a pretty great result, and it continues the organization’s run of season-to-season success.

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