Category Archives: The Athletic

Raptors might be back to rotating starting lineups, putting all-bench units in a new light

Title: Raptors might be back to rotating starting lineups, putting all-bench units in a new light
Date: January 21, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about what a return to health means for the Raptors’ rotations and for the potential of all-bench lineups. Read an excerpt!

What can the Raptors do at the trade deadline? A primer on their assets, trade rules and more

Title: What can the Raptors do at the trade deadline? A primer on their assets, trade rules and more
Date: January 17, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote my annual trade deadline primer, explaining what assets the Raptors have, what the trade rules they must operate within are, and more. Read an excerpt!

Joey Votto on 25 years of Raptors fandom, whether he can still dunk, the greatest Raptor debate, and more

Title: Joey Votto on 25 years of Raptors fandom, whether he can still dunk, the greatest Raptor debate, and more
Date: January 15, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I interviewed Joey Votto about his 25 years as a Raptors fan, what it meant as a Canadian athlete to see the Raptors win the championship, whether he can still dunk, and more. Read an excerpt!

Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part II: Figuring out a (somewhat) healthy rotation

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part II: Figuring out a (somewhat) healthy rotation
Date: January 14, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition looked at what the Raptors rotation may (and should) look like when the team gets healthy.
Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Friendly Reminder: DeMar’s return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry’s All-Star case

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Friendly Reminder: DeMar’s return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry’s All-Star case
Date: January 13, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I discuss what a few returns mean for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry’s All-Star case, DeMar DeRozan’s return, and more. Read an excerpt!

Pascal Siakam’s return is refreshing but doesn’t fix everything for Raptors

Title: Pascal Siakam’s return is refreshing but doesn’t fix everything for Raptors
Date: January 12, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the returns of Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell, enough to spark the Raptors for a half but not fix everything at once. Read an excerpt!

How are the Raptors still an elite defence while surrendering a historic number of corner threes?

Title: How are the Raptors still an elite defence while surrendering a historic number of corner threes?
Date: January 10, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I dove deep into the Raptors’ defensive profile to try to figure out how they can be a top defense while allowing so many threes, and whether that’s sustainable. Read an excerpt!

Terence Davis II responds to Nick Nurse criticism, first start with career night in Raptors’ OT victory

Title: Terence Davis II responds to Nick Nurse criticism, first start with career night in Raptors’ OT victory
Date: January 8, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Terence Davis bouncing back from Nick Nurse’s criticism and having a career night in his first start. Read an excerpt!

Fred VanVleet bobblehead night, a pair of call-ups and a request for assignment highlight a big night for Raptors 905

Title: Fred VanVleet bobblehead night, a pair of call-ups and a request for assignment highlight a big night for Raptors 905
Date: January 7, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Fred VanVleet bobblehead night and what it – with some other notable roster moves the same day – means to Raptors 905. Read an excerpt!

Matt Thomas ready to step back into a role for Raptors following rare G League rehab assignment

Title: Matt Thomas ready to step back into a role for Raptors following rare G League rehab assignment
Date: January 6, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Matt Thomas using the G League for a rehab assignment of sorts, something basketball is beginning to borrow from baseball. Read an excerpt!