Category Archives: Analysis

Will the Raptors and Celtics get to settle their Eastern Conference rivalry?

Title: Will the Raptors and Celtics get to settle their Eastern Conference rivalry?
Date: May 5, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ long-building rivalry with the Celtics, which has been robbed of a playoff payoff once again. Read an excerpt!

Kyle Lowry is aging impeccably. But how much longer can he continue to be great?

Title: Kyle Lowry is aging impeccably. But how much longer can he continue to be great?
Date: May 1, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kyle Lowry bucking point guard aging convention and tried to find precedent for him keeping it up. Read an excerpt!

Raptors Mailbag: Free agents, 2021 scenarios, Toronto as a destination and more

Title: Raptors Mailbag: Free agents, 2021 scenarios, Toronto as a destination and more
Date: April 27, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I opened up the mailbag to answer questions about how the hiatus could impact free agent decisions, weighing 2020 against 2021, who the next man up developmentally could be for the Raptors, and more. Read an excerpt!

Awards Watch: All-NBA teams, Pascal Siakam’s contract escalator and Kyle Lowry

Title: Awards Watch: All-NBA teams, Pascal Siakam’s contract escalator and Kyle Lowry
Date: April 20, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the All-NBA cases for Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, and what inclusion could mean for them. Read an excerpt!

Awards Watch: Terence Davis II and how All-Rookie cases are evaluated

Title: Awards Watch: Terence Davis II and how All-Rookie cases are evaluated
Date: April 15, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Terence Davis’ rookie season, a top-10 one among freshman that may not land him on the All-Rookie team because of how rookies tend to be evaluated. Read an excerpt!

We drafted our all-time Raptors teams. Now you decide who wins a series.

Title: Introducing the ‘He Shoulda Played More’ Toronto Raptors all-stars
Date: April 13, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, Eric Koreen and I teamed up to draft our respective all-time Raptors rosters and put them head-to-head in a playoff series. Read an excerpt!

How the Raptors’ talent identification and player development sets them apart

Title: How the Raptors’ talent identification and player development sets them apart
Date: April 8, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about how the Raptors have leveraged their talent identification and player development strengths to create a sustained model of success. Read an excerpt!

Introducing the ‘He Shoulda Played More’ Toronto Raptors all-stars

Title: Introducing the ‘He Shoulda Played More’ Toronto Raptors all-stars
Date: April 3, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, Eric Koreen and I teamed up to highlight the players in Raptors history who were done the most playing time injustice in the eyes of fans (or us). Read an excerpt!

Nick Nurse, Raptors trying to remain productive with season on hold

Title: Nick Nurse, Raptors trying to remain productive with season on hold
Date: April 3, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about how Nick Nurse and the Raptors are trying to stay productive while separated and while basketball isn’t a top priority. Read an excerpt!

Re-examining Pascal Siakam’s 2019-20 usage jump through precedent and context

Title: Re-examining Pascal Siakam’s 2019-20 usage jump through precedent and context
Date: April 2, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I took a deeper look at Pascal Siakam’s growth in his fourth season and how he compares to others who have undergone major usage spikes. Read an excerpt!