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NBA Toronto Raptors Lorenzo Brown

Raptors Two-Way Lorenzo Brown Should Be An NBA Player

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri landed himself a gem when he signed Lorenzo Brown to an NBA two-way contract this season. The big point guard has been tearing up the G League with three 30 point games since the start of December and, in the process, has tied the 905 franchise record for assists (15) and points (36, tied with Norman Powell).

“I believe I’m an NBA guy right now,” Brown told Pro Bball Report and it’s a statement that’s getting hard to argue with.

In the 905’s opening G League Showcase game on Thursday, Brown put up a double-double 24 points and 12 assists in 35 minutes at noon. Then he sprinted down to the Air Canada Centre to play 19 minutes in the Raptors rout of the Cavaliers recording 6 points and 5 assists.

Brown has been playing like an All-Star at the G League level, but it’s been his impact with the Raptors in the NBA that deserves another look.

As a third string injury replacement point guard with the Raptors, Brown is filling a very different role at the NBA level, but whenever he gets more than a couple of minutes, he makes an impact.

“I have a role to play,” Brown said. “I have a role to play up there and I have a role to play here. I feel I am more aggressive down here and when the time comes to be more aggressive up there I’ll take that approach.”

With the big club, Brown’s approach is conservative. He plays defense and looks to limit mistakes and it’s working. He’s been a “plus” +/- player in each of the five games where he’s got more than a couple of minutes, a +38 in 69 minutes of action.

He may not be getting noticed by the causal fan, but the Raptors lead grows with him on the court. His focus on defense has been effective.

“That’s been my focus to tell you the truth,” Brown said. “I am a great defender when I put my mind to it. (But) when that time comes for me to be aggressive at the offensive end, I’ll show it. Right now my goal is to bring energy to the team and defend.

“(My role is) to be a great teammate.”

It’s hard for his teammates on the big club to incorporate him into the offense. They just don’t have the opportunity to play with him that much and practice minutes with guys not in the regular rotation is really hard to find.

However, even with the lack of familiarity sliding this solid scorer to the fifth option on offense, head coach Dwane Casey can leave him on the court for extended minutes because he fits on defense.

“I’m just waiting on my opportunity man,” Brown said.

That opportunity is going to come. If the Raptors make a move to trade one of their guards, Brown has shown he can be effective as a third string guard with the Raptors right now and there are always NBA teams looking for a big guard that can play defense and has the potential to be a big time scorer if given the chance.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

NBA G-League Toronto Raptors Kennedy Meeks

Raptors 905 Kennedy Meeks Is Trying To Change First Impressions

By Frank McLean

Being in professional sports is no different than anything else in life and that first impressions can either make the start of your career easier or make it a heck of a lot more difficult.

That’s what Raptors 905 center/forward Kennedy Meeks is going through right now.

Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Raptors back in July after being a major cog in the North Carolina Tar Heels run to the NCAA National Championship this past March, Meeks was one of the Raptors first cuts in training camp. But the Raptors not wanting to give up on a talent like Meeks signed him to their Raptors 905 G-League squad in Mississauga.

Meeks spent four years playing at North Carolina for one of the college games most legendary coaches in Roy Williams. The numbers he put up their make you wonder why he is in the G-League.

Meeks averaged 10-points and seven rebounds during his four years, and in his senior year he averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He is ranked fifth in the school’s history with 1,052 rebounds. His 152 offensive rebounds was the most of any Tar Heel since that stat started being kept in 1995-1996.

To top it all off in last year’s NCAA Tournament he grabbed 69 rebounds which was the most by any Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament and in the semi-final against an Oregon Ducks team that was expected to win it all he tied his career high with 25 points and 14 boards.

So why is a guy like this in the G-League? That is a question I asked an assortment of NBA scouts I know and they all said the same thing,  he is not in shape.

And this is where first perceptions comes in and not being in shape when you start a professional career can be a deal breaker.

Meeks has played five games for the 905 before taking part with Team USA and their bid to qualify for the FIBA World Championships. He has put up some decent numbers playing the four spot averaging 11 points a game and  nine rebounds.

Meeks is going to get a chance to change that bad initial perception and when I talked to Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse he knows what Meeks has got to do to get better and he gets a little excited about his prospect’s potential. After all Stackhouse is one of the all-time greats to come out of the North Carolina program.

“He still has to work on his conditioning,“ Stackhouse said first thing. “He has to work on his body and he needs to change a little bit and have a little more lift. He has unbelievable savvy and some of the softest hands in the G-League. You see the ability of him finishing around the rim and the soft tip in’s will give us (as a team) a big lift on second chance points.”

When you talk to Meeks, one of the first things he tells you is that he has to work on his conditioning.

“I’m in the weight room trying to get stronger and working on my quickness and strength,” Meeks said. “Playing at the four (as opposed to center in college) there is a lot of running around and it becomes a bit harder and I’m trying to adjust and get into better shape.”

“The pace of the game is a little different,” Meeks explained comparing the pro game to that of college. “I’m learning how to make the correct passes, the spacing on the court and to listen to what the coaches are saying and buy into the game.”

Being a fellow North Carolina Tar Heel with Stackhouse, Meeks is not getting any special treatment. In fact Meeks will tell you it’s the opposite.

“I think he is harder on me than anybody else on the team,” Meeks laughs. “Because we are both from North Carolina he expects more because that’s the way it is when you play for North Carolina.”

Meeks is getting a chance to change a first impression that he is out of shape for pro ball. He is making the commitment to get better and the numbers he has put up in his brief time in the G-League show that if he can get in shape and stay there he could be a 10 point, 10 rebound guy and you can make a good living in the NBA or in Europe if you average that on a game-by-game basis.

Scouts are watching too and if he can get it in gear there is chance an NBA team will come calling later in the season with a 10-day contract and a chance to show what he can do.

   

 

DeMar DeRozan & Frank McLeanVeteran journalist Frank McLean has covered nearly every Raptors game in Toronto since their inaugural season at the Skydome back in 1995-96. He has seen it all. The good, the bad and the really bad and he is one of the very few journalists in Toronto that has kept coming back for more.

 

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo

A Lack Of Confidence Still Holds Bruno Caboclo Back

Even the Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been forced to admit he made a mistake drafting Bruno Caboclo in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft telling Pro Bball Report, “it’s almost like he’s gone thru college on our team.”

Too young, too inexperienced and all too often ignored because he just wasn’t ready for the NBA, what little confidence Caboclo had coming into the NBA was quickly shattered and continues to hold him back right to the present day.

After a wasted rookie season, Caboclo finally got regular minutes with the Raptors own D-League affiliate, the 905, in each of the past two seasons, but aside from a few flashes, his play was uninspiring even at this level until last season’s D-League playoffs.

Then, for seven games, he finally showed some potential by averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 41.9 percent from three as the 905 rolled to the championship. Sure the Raptors rookies assigned to the 905, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, were still noticeably better, but at least Caboclo was making a significant contribution on a consistent basis.

“We had a really good team and in the playoffs everyone pushed their hardest,” Caboclo recently told Pro Bball Report. “I had to push my hardest and try to lead the team and I had good games.

“I think it was confidence. I had a lot of games with the 905 so I was very confident and I was taking (better) shots than I take normally and hit a very good percentage.”

Now heading into his fourth and final season on his rookie deal, Caboclo needed to show the confidence and effectiveness demonstrated during the D-League playoffs was just the first step.

“I think I got a lot better in the summer,” Caboclo said. “I really worked hard in the summer. I had a very good training camp. (But), in the preseason I played a couple of games and didn’t do that well and after that I didn’t have more opportunities. I am still working to be ready for the next opportunity I am going to get.”

To say Caboclo blew it in preseason would be an understatement. In four preseason appearances he averaged 13 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds and 0.25 blocks. He shot 17.6 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three. He was terrible and a trip back to the Raptors 905 became a certainty.

Unfortunately this has been a consistent theme with Caboclo. He has never been confident or comfortable with the big club and the “good feelings” he develops in Mississauga with the 905 haven’t translated to the Air Canada Centre.

“I think I can do it in the NBA,” Caboclo said. “The only thing is confidence. I am more confident now and I am just waiting for my opportunity.”

From a practical standpoint, the 22-year-old forward needs to find the confidence to play with the big club on his own and fast. If he gets a chance with the Raptors this season, he’ll be on a very short leash.

The good news is that he has been playing better at the G-league level averaging career bests of 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.1 blocks thru his first 10 games. He’s also shooting a career best 35.6 percent from three and 88.6 percent from the free throw line. All those numbers are big improvements over last season. Take out one bad shooting game and Caboclo has been hitting over 40 percent of his three-pointers. That promising jump shot finally seems to be finding the bottom of the net on a consistent basis.

However, it almost doesn’t matter what Caboclo does at this point with respect to his future in Toronto.

Pascal Siakam has won the battle for backup power forward and could well be the starter down the road. Rookie OG Anunoby has already shown more promise than Caboclo as the combo forward of the future in Toronto and the veteran C.J. Miles is proving to be better than advertised as a small forward/ stretch four.

Head coach Dwane Casey is more likely to trust the undrafted rookie Alfonzo McKinnie in times of desperation than a Caboclo who has disappointed on numerous prior occasions.

The best case for Caboclo is to continue upping his game in the G-League and hope for a trade to a team that has minutes for a still developing prospect and will give him time to find some confidence at the NBA level.

This kid still looks like a version of KD-lite and if he could find some confidence to play with the big boys, maybe that’s still a possibility. It just isn’t going to happen with the Raptors.

 

 

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

NBA G-League Toronto Raptors 905 Lorenzo Brown

Raptors Lorenzo Brown Is The Perfect Two-Way Player

When the NBA permitted teams to sign players to two-way contracts with the NBA G-League this season no one really knew what to expect. What types of players would general managers sign? Who would be valuable as a potential 16th or 17th addition to the traditional 15 man NBA roster?

Players in the old D-League were often overlooked prospects teams hoped might develop into something and then teams had to hope they’d have an open spot on their NBA roster before they lost the player for nothing to another team. A player on a two-way contract is different. First, teams can pay them enough to keep some better players from going overseas and second, teams control players on two-way contracts.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri made an interesting choice in 27-year-old point guard Lorenzo Brown who had 63 games worth of NBA experience on three different NBA teams, 75 games in the D-League and played last season in China. Brown has become the perfect compliment for a team up against the luxury tax threshold and finding itself in need of a (hopefully) short term injury replacement.

Brown had previously put up big-time numbers in the D-League, so he was also a welcome addition to Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse’s roster.

“The point guard play is very important for us,” Stackhouse said. “Being able to get us into our sets, not only (Brown’s) savvy on the court, it’s his talent. He’s a talent. It’s big to have him. Take 20 points and 6 assists out of any lineup, that’s tough to replace and that’s what he’s been doing for us so far.”

However, even with injuries in Toronto, Brown’s role with the big club has been very different than with the 905. The Raptors still have plenty of scoring. They just need Brown to hold down the fort for a few minutes in order to give the regulars a rest or maintain the lead in a blow out and it’s a role he’s looked very good in.

“It was a great experience,” Brown described playing with the Raptors to Pro Bball Report. “Just playing my role and trying to fit in with the guys.

“My role right now is just to defend and make the right reads on offense. Try to make as few mistakes as possible.”

Brown has played a total of 46 minutes in 4 games with the Raptors where he’s contributed a total of just 2 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and  0 turnovers, however, the most important stat for this injury reserve is his team is a +39 points with him on the court. He’s made few mistakes and has fit in seamlessly as a big guard that can defend multiple positions.

The injured Delon Wright has nothing to worry about when he gets back, but Brown has helped fill some of the void created by his absence.

“Playing as many games as I’ve had down here (in the G-League) gets me ready for the big game up top,” Brown explained. “(It) gets me a little more physical and ready.”

“It’s good for him (to play up),” Stackhouse said. “He’s learning a lot.

“He’s been a talent so far. Now he’s trying to grow into more of a time-and-score possession point guard and he’s well on his way.”

In his four games with the Raptors Brown has shown the discipline to accept and fill a role. He’s been the perfect two-way G-League player for the Raptors.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo

It’s Decision Time For The Raptors On Bruno Caboclo

By Frank McLean

It’s decision time for the Toronto Raptors this season when comes to their first round draft pick from 2014 Bruno Caboclo.

For the last three years it’s been evident by his lack of playing time from head coach Dwane Casey that he is still not ready for regular minutes at the NBA level and as a result has spent most of his time in what is now known as the G-League trying to hone his skills at the professional level.

During his first year with the organization the Raptors did not own their own developmental team so he was sent to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants which at the time was an independent operation and as a result he sat on the bench as they were trying win basketball games and sell tickets and there was no room for a rookie from Brazil with no pro experience.

With the Raptors owning their own team in Mississauga the last two years Caboclo has been able to get a lot of time to work on his skills at the G-League level, but he has received very sparse playing time in the NBA.

Now, with one year left on his contract and no room for him with the big club, Caboclo has volunteered to play with the Raptors 905 because it’s the only way he can stay sharp and hopefully get a chance with the big club. After three years of service a player cannot be sent to the G-League without his approval.

Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse was happy to get him back in time for their home opener last week saying, “it was good to have him home and we can get him some reps.”

“There is a logjam there right now and there are a lot of young guys in the mix”, Stackhouse said regarding the Raptors roster right now. “They are still figuring the rotation with everybody there. He has been on the outside looking in.

“We are still high on Bruno. We believe he has unbelievable potential. We just got to find a way to tap into it.”

And here lies the problem for Caboclo. Sitting on the bench in Fort Wayne the first year set his development back a whole season and it was hoped that by now he would be a factor on the Raptors roster. The way Caboclo was handled in Fort Wayne provided a convincing reason for president Masi Ujiri to get the MLSE board to come up with the cash to buy their own G-League team so they can develop their own talent and not leave it to a third party.

Dwane Casey will tell you that you can learn skills in the G-League, but in order to learn to play the game you have to do that in the NBA.

To start with in Mississauga this season, Stackhouse has played Caboclo at center out of necessity.

His original plan was to use the returning Edy Tavares at the five spot, but Tavares was offered a contract with Real Madrid so the big man headed to Spain. With Andre Washington his only other option at center and Kennedy Meeks the former North Carolina star who is a natural center but is being used at the four, Stackhouse has been trying out Caboclo in the middle.

“I want to find out a few things,” Stackhouse said about the experiment. “I want to see how they (opponents) will adjust to him, and see if they can hang with him. We feel with his length he will be able to hold his own in rebounding the basketball.”

Four games in Caboclo is averaging 31.8 minutes 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1.5 blocks while taking 4.3 three-pointers and hitting on 58.8 percent of them.

Talking to NBA scouts on opening night they felt there is no way the 6’9 forward could play the five at the NBA level, but in the G-League it will probably work.

And these scouts are the people Caboclo needs to impress this year. If the Raptors decide to cut ties with him, he needs to show the other 29 NBA teams that he can offer them something at the NBA level.

Playing the five maybe some team will give him a flyer by using him as a utility player. If not in the NBA, then there are European scouts to impress or those back in his home country of Brazil.

On draft night ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said that Caboclo was two years away from being two years away. Do the math, two plus two equals NOW for Bruno Caboclo.

   

 

DeMar DeRozan & Frank McLeanVeteran journalist Frank McLean has covered nearly every Raptors game in Toronto since their inaugural season at the Skydome back in 1995-96. He has seen it all. The good, the bad and the really bad and he is one of the very few journalists in Toronto that has kept coming back for more.

 

 

 

NBA G-League Vipers Kyle Wiltjer and

Raptors To Bring Stretch-Four Kyle Wiltjer To Training Camp

The Toronto Raptors got a really good look at stretch-four Kyle Wiltjer during this past season’s three game NBA D-League Championships and the Houston Rockets rookie impressed if you are looking for a prolific three-point shooter. Since he was still unsigned in August, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Raptors will be bringing him to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal.

Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse gushed over what Wiltjer did in the D-League as Pro Bball Report discussed earlier this summer.

“Wiltjer was big time tonight,” Stackhouse said after Game Two of the D-League Finals. “A guy that is not the quickest swiftest of feet, but he gets to his spot and whenever he does, he’s a big time shooter.

“I’d say Brady (Heslip) is the best shooter in the world, (Wiltjer) got to be in the top five. I think he is going to have an opportunity to really showcase who he is.”

Wiltjer has been a knockdown three-point threat since college.

As a senior with Gonzaga, he averaged 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds on 49.1 percent from the field and 43.7 percent on 5.7 three-point attempts per game.

In 22 regular season D-League games with the Vipers he was a three-point shooting machine, averaging 20.5 points and shooting 37.9 percent on 9.7 three-point attempts a game.

In the D-League playoffs, he averaged 21.2 points while shooting 40.8 percent on 10.9 three-point attempts.

Against the Raptors 905 in the Finals, Pascal Siakam held him to 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal while shooting 36.4 percent from three setting up what could be a very interesting training camp battle between the two young players in Victoria later next month.

While Wiltjer doesn’t look like he’d ever be more than an average defender at the NBA level, he could become the NBA’s next Channing Frye or Ryan Anderson and at an NBA minimum salary, that prospect is worth a hard look.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

NBA G League Mississauga Raptors 905 Lorenzo Brown

Raptors Sign Guard Lorenzo Brown To A Two-Way Contract

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed 26-year-old guard Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 189 pounds, has averaged 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with Philadelphia (2013-14), Minnesota (2014-15) and Phoenix (2015-16). He has also appeared in 74 career D-League games over four seasons with the Delaware 87ers (2013-14), Springfield Armor (2013-14) and Grand Rapids Drive averaging 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range.

A native of Roswell Georgia, Brown was selected 52nd overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by Minnesota after playing three seasons at North Carolina State. He averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in college.

Brown split last season between the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the Drive.

He averaged 24.0 points, while shooting .301 (37-for-123) from three-point range during 20 games with Zhejiang. Brown finished the season averaging 23.6 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting .353 (18-for-51) from three-point territory in 11 appearances for Grand Rapids.

Two-way contracts do not count against the 15-man NBA roster. Teams are restricted to two players on two-way contracts. The Raptors other two-way contract player is Malcolm Miller.

As an older player with international experience, Brown fits with the concept of someone the Raptors might call up from the G League to the NBA as an injury replacement during the regular season.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

NBA D-League Mississauga Raptors 905 Pascal Siakam

A Raptors 905 Championship Was Never In The Plans Until Now

By Frank McLean

Thursday night the Raptors 905 have a chance to win the NBDL championship in just their second year of operation when they host the Rio Grande Vipers in the third and deciding game of this best of three series.

Winning championships are rare. Not just in professional sports but you can throw in college, high school and even when you’re a kid playing house league.

I always think of the great Chicago Cubs hall of fame infielder Ernie Banks when it comes to winning championships. He played for the Cubs between the years of 1953 to 1971 and he never won a championship. In fact he never ever played one post season game.

Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse played 18-years in the NBA with eight different teams. He was able to get into a number of playoff games, but never won a ring.

In the NBDL it’s almost like you stumble across it by accident.

The NBDL stands for National Basketball Developmental League and all 23-teams emphasize the “DEVELOPMENT” first before ever thinking about a championship.

When I first talked to Stackhouse way back in November during the 905’s training camp Stackhouse said the goal is to “get these guys into the NBA. it’s not about winning championship’s, if I can get nine, 10, 11 of these guys into the NBA I have done my job”.

Now don’t think Stackhouse doesn’t want to win the title Thursday night, you bet he does.

When I brought up the Ernie Banks story he let me know that Jerry Stackhouse has never won a title either. “I played 18 years and never got all the way to the table”, he said. “Weren’t able to get the job done.”

Stackhouse really wants his guys to win more than he does for himself. I have watched him work all year with this team and he and his entire coaching staff for that matter have put their hearts and souls into making every player on this roster better players today then they were back in November.

Thus Stackhouse has let his group know how special an opportunity this is for them.

“It’s a great opportunity I tell these men take advantage of this opportunity. This group we have assembled this year will never be together again. I tell them take care of your brothers and leave it all out there, there is nothing guaranteed so let’s walk away whatever happens and leave it out on the floor.”

When Stackhouse said this group will never be together again he is not lying. Since all the players on the roster, except for players the NBA Raptors send down for work, are all under contract to the 905 chances are most of this group will either be in the NBA next year, or Europe or worst not being able to find a roster spot in some league will be working in the real world of a nine to five job.

Stackhouse did his job for sure this year. Two of his players were plucked off his roster early in these playoffs, Axel Toupane with the New Orleans Pelicans and Edy Tavares with the Cleveland Cavaliers . Tavares was named the NBDL Defensive Player Of The Year and instead of getting a shot at a NBDL title he gets a chance to go for the big one in the NBA.

Stackhouse has done a great job with players the Raptors sent down.

Fred VanVleet has worn a path going between Toronto and Mississauga this year. Monday night he was dressed for the big club in their game five win over Milwaukee and the dying moments of the game hit a three pointer and mad a big rebound. Tuesday night he was in Mississauga where he was a big factor in the 905 game two win scoring 16-points, grabbed seven boards and had nine assists.

Stackhouse’s face lit up when talked about VanVleet’s Monday night effort.

The plan was player development when the season started, but now they have a shot at a championship and Jerry Stackhouse and his group are going to take a shot it.

Winning a championship in the NBDL is probably the most difficult thing to pull off compared to let’s say baseball and hockey who’s minor league operations are set up by their sports to be true player development operations.

In hockey and baseball the entire rosters belong to their parent teams where all the players are under contract to that club. Stackhouse never knows for sure who will be on his roster from day-to-day, moment-to-moment.

 

 

   DeMar DeRozan & Frank McLeanVeteran journalist Frank McLean has covered nearly every Raptors game in Toronto since their inaugural season at the Skydome back in 1995-96. He has seen it all. The good, the bad and the really bad and he is one of the very few journalists in Toronto that has kept coming back for more.

 

 

 

 

NBA D-League Mississauga Raptors 905 Edy Tavares

Cavs Grab Shot Blocker Edy Tavares From Raptors 905

A Cleveland Cavaliers team that has been searching desperately for any kind of big man help is about to sign the Toronto Raptors D-League affiliate 905 center Edy Tavares to a multi-year deal.

Tavares is coming off a first round playoff game with the Raptors 905 where he blocked 8 shots on the Cavs D-League affiliate Canton Charge.

“(Edy Tavares) has unbelievable talent,” Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse said after the game. “The way he protects the rim for us. For the most part he just went up there and used his length. He has unbelievable timing.”

Shams Charania reports,

Tavares, a 7-foot-3 center, plans to sign a three-year contract with the Cavaliers on Wednesday, league sources said. Tavares has been a critical part of the Raptors 905’s championship contention in the D-League, averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the season.

Raptors 905 have advanced to the NBA D-League East Finals, but in the process they lost Alex Toupane to the New Orleans Pelicans after he scored a franchise record 41 points in the 905’s first ever playoff game. Now they are about to lose their starting center to the Cavs.

 
 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

NBA D-League Mississauga Raptors 905 Edy Tavares

Raptors 905 Use Crushing Defense To Advance To East Finals

Raptors 905 advanced to the East Finals of the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs after beating the Canton Charge with crushing defense, 108-90 Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

“Defense, great defense,” Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse said. “The guys were locked in. I thought our game plan was sound. After Game One we had film to watch and we watched every possession on film. The guys hate that, but it gets us better prepared. I thought they came out with a ton of energy and great focus.”

The 905 dominated from tip, holding the Charge to 4-24 shooting from the field in the first quarter on the back of 5 blocks and numerous changed shots by center Edy Tavares. Tavares finished the game with 7 points, a game-high 9 rebounds and 8 blocks and it looked like the official scorer missed at least one block in the fourth quarter.

“(Tavares) has unbelievable talent,” Stackhouse said. “The way he protects the rim for us. For the most part he just went up there and used his length. He has unbelievable timing.”

Four of five 905 starters scored in double-digits with sharp-shooting guard Brady Heslip pacing the team with 21 points off the bench.

“I am pretty sure we are the best defensive team in the league all year,” Heslip said. “It’s been great for me, for my development. I’ve gotten a lot better as a point guard and as a defender. I play a lot of minutes and we’re the best defensive team in the league and that’s got to say something. I love it, playing for (coach Stackhouse). It’s been amazing so far.”

E.J. Singler (17 points) led the 905 in the opening quarter as they took a 38-13 lead. The lead was 65-35 at the half and hit a 38 point advantage in the third before the 905 put things in cruise control the rest of the way.

With the win, the 905 has won their first D-League playoff series and earned a berth in the Conference Finals where they will face either Maine or Fort Wayne.

NBA D-League East Finals

Just prior to the game the 905 found out they would be without the services of Axel Toupane who led the team in the Game One victory with a franchise record 41 points. Toupane has been signed by the New Orleans Pelicans for the remainder of the NBA season.

Two Toronto Raptors players were assigned to the 905 for this playoff game. Bruno Caboclo had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Pascal Siakam contributed 13 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kay Felder led Canton for the second-straight contest, posting 22 points in the loss.
 
 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Jared Sullinger

Raptors Jared Sullinger Finds His Shooting Touch With The 905

It was a big night in the 905 for the Toronto Raptors Jared Sullinger. The big man found his shooting touch, going 6-11 from the field and 2-2 from three-point range to score 16 points to go with 10 boards and 5 assists.

 

Sullinger has yet to make much of an impact in Toronto since returning from foot surgery as his team is struggling to get out of a slump and head coach Dwane Casey hasn’t had the luxury of letting him play himself back into shape. So, for the second time since his return, Sullinger volunteered to go to Mississauga to shake off the rust and work on his conditioning.

Raptors 905 won the game 118-88 over the Canton Charge. Fred VanVleet contributing 8 points and 11 assists. Brady Heslip leading the 905 in scoring with 18 points by shooting 5-8 from three. Center Edy Tavares also had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

 

 

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Fred VanVleet Reluctantly Admits The Raptors 905 Is Helping Him

Toronto Raptors rookie point guard Fred VanVleet has a lot of confidence and pride, two things he’ll need to survive in the NBA and he’s been taking his “demotions” to the Raptors NBA D-League affiliate seriously and putting in the work. Although, there is more than just a tinge of I don’t really need to be there, when forced to talk about it, VanVleet will admit the Raptors 905 is helping him – maybe.

“I guess that’s a two-part answer for you,” VanVleet responded to Pro Bball Report about playing with the 905. “Number one, I’ve done it and I’ve been doing it and I was ready (to play in the NBA), so I guess you could say it helped me and number two, I don’t know what the alternative is, so who’s to say if I didn’t play (with the 905), I wouldn’t have been ready?

“Whatever the case may be, I was ready when in that moment and I’ve been here with the D-League team, so I guess you could say that was the reason why I’ve been ready, but I just think you’ve got to mentally prepare and physically prepare every day. Work as hard as you can and that’s something I put a lot of pride into, so I think it’s a combination of all those things.”

VanVleet got his chance to play backup point guard minutes with the big club when Cory Joseph missed a game with “flu-like” symptoms and he was ready. The rookie didn’t blow anyone away, but he didn’t look terribly out of place either. It was a solid outing playing meaningful minutes.

At the very least, even VanVleet had to admit the 905 helped get him into “game-shape.”

“Obviously playing and getting game reps helps,” VanVleet admitted. “There is no way to simulate a game other than by playing a game. You can work out all you want to, but until you go out there and go up and down and get into a stance and go for loose balls and make a couple of trips up and down, that’s how you get in game-shape.

“I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. It would be better if I was playing every day, but I don’t feel sluggish or slow out there at all.”

Maybe it’s the 249 minutes he has played in Mississauga with the Raptors 905 over the past month that should be getting credit for that lack of sluggishness? And maybe it’s the practice in eight live D-League  games that made sure VanVleet didn’t look like he was covered in rust when Raptors head coach Dwane Casey threw him out there for 23 minutes in Orlando?

Casey has little doubt about where the credit for VanVleet’s readiness to play belongs.

“It’s just a tribute to our program, top to bottom,” Casey said after the win in Orlando. “The 905, the experience (VanVleet) has down there. He is going to go down there and practice tomorrow.

“It shows how tight our program is. It says a lot about our program, having our guys ready. (If VanVleet) had just been just sitting on the bench down there and not having game experience and game reps as he’s had, he wouldn’t have been ready.

“This is a great testament to our program. The investment we made in the 905 and Fred being ready and stepping up. Fred did a good job.”

Mississauga Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse knows what he’s been able to do to help the rookie as well.

“I think every coach knows that with that team (the Toronto Raptors) they aren’t going to get a ton of practice to get up and down,”  Stackhouse said. “Fred doesn’t get a lot of up and down. A lot of his stuff comes from drill work and having to get his conditioning himself, so being able to come down here and actually being able to get some game reps, it helps him out a ton.

“It’s a little different feel for us when we have Bruno (Caboclo) and Fred, but that’s who we are.”

The 905 was acquired to get players ready for the Raptors in Toronto. Fred VanVleet, whether he realizes it or not, has just joined a rapidly growing list of guys on the big club that have benefited from this investment.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Norman Powell & Delon Wright

Do The Raptors Have Too Many D-League Prospects?

Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri has been consistent in his approach of trying to develop talent internally, but with injuries to two of his starters, it’s starting to look like just maybe he put the emphasis on too many potential and actual NBA D-League prospects.

Searching for that diamond-in-the-rough, Ujiri loaded up the Raptors training camp roster with Axel Toupane, Shannon Scott, Michale Kyser and Ronald Roberts Jr before filling his team’s final open roster spot with the recent NBA number one overall draft pick reclamation prospect Anthony Bennett. This depth of potential was added to a roster that already included two rookies on guaranteed contracts and two returning players that barely played in the NBA last year.

Ronald Roberts

From an organization standpoint, bringing in all those training camp prospects worked, they are all on Toronto’s new NBA D-League affiliate the Mississauga Raptors 905 and Roberts is looking like he’ll be one of the D-League’s early season call-ups to an NBA team. The only unfortunate aspect of that success is unless Ujiri is willing to cut a player or make a trade, Roberts is going to be called up to an NBA team other than the Raptors. Players on D-League contracts are not under the control of any NBA team. They are unrestricted free agents as far as the NBA is concerned.

Everyone knows the player control risks with a D-League affiliate, so that really is only a minor concern. The bigger issue is the Toronto Raptors have five players on their own roster who have been assigned to Mississauga at some point during the season already. Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira, Delon Wright, Norman Powell and Bennett have all played games with the 905 this season.

For all intents and purposes, Ujiri gave head coach Dwane Casey an effective 10 man roster with which to work this season. Take out two starters for a big chunk of the team’s first 29 games and that 17-12 record starts to take on a new meaning.

The complaint in Toronto has been a lack of consistency. A team that has the ability to beat top-ranked clubs like the Spurs and Cavaliers, but has dropped a pair of games to the 11-17 Kings. It might be hard to admit, but 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry is starting to wear down. Cory Joseph has never played so many many minutes and it’s starting to show and it seems like Patrick Patterson has been so focused on defense that his offense is often missing-in-action.

At this point Casey needs his two injured starters to get back soon as the eight guys he relies on are fading fast.

Part of the problem may be just timing. Those young guys Ujiri was hoping would develop over the season were never expected to be ready this early and the team has gotten a little more than expected from Nogueira after he was recalled from Mississauga following the injury to Jonas Valanciunas.

Nogueira shows a lot of potential and may be just a short step away from becoming the effective backup center Casey can trust in all situations. The D-League experience was really advancing the young center’s game in a hurry. Being called up instead of getting another dozen D-League games under his belt might have stalled his progress?

The Raptors players being assigned to play for head coach Jesse Mermuys in Mississauga are benefiting from playing big minutes in the same system Coach Casey uses in Toronto. If only they could have been getting this experience before the Raptors found themselves so short-handed.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

 

 

 

Raptors 905 Garth Wheeler & Dan Tolzman & Jesse Mermuys

Raptors 905 Announces An NBA TV Schedule

NBA TV will produce nine live TV broadcasts of Raptors 905 games, including seven from Hershey Centre in Mississauga and two from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, beginning November 29 against Delaware.

Raptors 905 jerseys

Meghan McPeak will take on play-by-play duties for the club after two seasons calling the Brampton A’s in the NBL of Canada. Gareth Wheeler of TSN 1050 Radio, who hosted the 905 Media Day,  joins the team as an analyst. Ashley Docking will be the sideline reporter.

  1. Nov. 29, 2pm vs Delaware
  2. Dec. 5, 2pm vs Grand Rapids
  3. Dec. 11, 11am vs Maine  (from ACC)
  4. Dec. 19, 2pm vs Delaware
  5. Jan. 2, 2pm vs Sioux Falls
  6. Jan. 27, 11am vs Erie
  7. Mar. 5, 2pm vs Maine
  8. Mar. 14, 12 noon vs Fort Wayne  (from ACC)
  9. Mar. 26, 2pm vs Westchester

In addition, all Raptors 905 games will be broadcast live on YouTube and Raptors905.com.

 

Press Release:

RAPTORS 905 ANNOUNCES BROADCAST TEAM AND TV SCHEDULE

Nine live broadcasts set for NBA TV Canada, all games to be streamed on YouTube and Raptors905.com

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Tuesday its on-air broadcast team and NBA TV broadcast schedule for the 2015-16 regular season. Meghan McPeak, Gareth Wheeler and Ashley Docking will be the club’s broadcast team, bringing nine home games live to NBA TV Canada. In addition, all Raptors 905 games will be broadcast live on YouTube and Raptors905.com.

McPeak will take on play-by-play duties for the club, after two seasons calling the Brampton A’s in the National Basketball League of Canada, becoming the first female play-by-play commentator in the country. Previously, the Hamilton, Ontario native was the voice of Cable 14 and CFMU Radio for four years, covering McMaster University’s men’s and women’s basketball, including the Women’s CIS National Championships and OUA Men’s Final Four.

Wheeler, a Toronto-based television/radio host and columnist of over a decade, joins the team as an analyst. Currently a co-host of GameDay, weekday mornings on TSN 1050 Radio, Wheeler is also a host and colour commentator for Toronto FC, a contributor on Raptors broadcasts, as well as a columnist for TSN.ca.

Docking joins the team as a sideline reporter. Docking is a recent inductee into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Hall of Fame for her accomplishments with Seneca College in both basketball and soccer. She was a member of back-to-back OCAA champion women’s basketball teams in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and was named a women’s basketball championship all-star in 2007-08 as Seneca was awarded the OCAA silver medal. In 2008-09, Docking was named a first-team all-star, east defensive player of the year, OCAA championship all-star, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship second-team all-star and OCAA female athlete of the year.

NBA TV will produce nine live TV broadcasts, including seven from Hershey Centre in Mississauga and two from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, beginning November 29 against Delaware.

Below is the complete list of scheduled Raptors 905 television broadcasts on NBA TV Canada (all times Eastern):

Nov. 29 – Delaware @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Grand Rapids @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Dec. 11 – Maine @ Raptors 905 (from ACC) – 11 a.m.

Dec. 19 – Delaware @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Jan. 2 – Sioux Falls @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Jan. 27 – Erie @ Raptors 905 – 11 a.m.

Mar. 5 – Maine @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Mar. 14 – Fort Wayne @ Raptors 905 (from ACC) – 12 p.m.

Mar. 26 – Westchester @ Raptors 905 – 2 p.m.

Raptors 905 opens its regular season home schedule on Thursday, November 19 when it plays host to the Maine Red Claws at Hershey Centre at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Raptors 905 Stripes

Three Canadians To Play For Raptors 905

Canadians Sim Bhullar, Keanau Post and Ashton Smith are on the Raptors 905 to start the NBA D-League regular season.

Sim Bhullar leaning in for the Raptors 905

Media Release:

RAPTORS 905 ANNOUNCES FINAL ROSTER OUT OF TRAINING CAMP

Canadians Sim Bhullar, Keanau Post, Ashton Smith make team following camp

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Wednesday its final roster out of training camp for its inaugural NBA D-League season.

Eleven players have made the team out of camp, including three Canadians: centre Sim Bhullar (Brampton, Ont.), forward-centre Keanau Post (Victoria, B.C.) and guard Ashton Smith (Scarborough, Ont.). Players released today include guard-forward Shaquille Keith, guard Jabs Newby, forward Kourtney Roberson and forward Kevin Thomas. One player (to be determined) will be made inactive prior to Raptors 905’s opening game November 14 at Fort Wayne to reduce the active roster to the NBA D-League’s maximum of 10 players. The team’s first home game is scheduled for November 19 against the Maine Red Claws at Hershey Centre.

See the full list below.

# NAME POS HT WT 2014-15 TEAM YRS. PRO
0 Jay Harris G 6-2 157 Illinois-Chicago (NCAA) R
1 Shannon Scott G 6-2 193 Ohio State (NCAA) R
3 Melvin Johnson G-F 6-5 171 Reno / Delaware (NBA D-League) 1
5 Scott Suggs G 6-8 194 ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France) 2
6 Axel Toupane G-F 6-6 212 Strasbourg (France) 4
9 Ashton Smith G 6-1 197 Brampton (NBL Canada) 3
12 Michale Kyser F 6-9 199 LA Tech (NCAA) R
21 Mike Anderson G 6-5 208 Washington (NCAA) R
32 Keanau Post F-C 6-10 261 Missouri (NCAA) R
33 Walter Pitchford F 6-9 234 Nebraska (NCAA) R
34 Sim Bhullar C 7-4 362 Sacramento (NBA) / Reno (NBA D-League) 1

 

 

 

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Affordable Raptors 905 Basketball Is About To Start

The Toronto Raptors new D-League affiliate is rushing towards their inaugural season that kicks off with preseason games against Erie, London and Windsor in November. The Raptors 905 will play their home games at the Hersey Centre in Mississauga.

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The regular season tips off November 14 in Fort Wayne against the Mad Ants. The home opener at the Hershey Centre is scheduled for November 19 against the Maine Red Claws.

Ticket prices start at $7.

Press Release:

RAPTORS 905 ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Friday they will play three preseason games as part of their inaugural campaign. All three games will be played in Ontario and include opponents from both the NBA D-League and the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL)

“With this being our inaugural season in the NBA D-League, we look forward to utilizing this preseason to prepare our entire organization from top to bottom for the upcoming year,” said Dan Tolzman, General Manager of Raptors 905. “Squaring off against Erie, London and Windsor will provide our players and staff with valuable experience as we get ready for the opener on November 14 in Fort Wayne.”

Raptors 905 begin the preseason by visiting the reigning NBL champion Windsor Express on November 5 at the WFCU Centre. Tickets for the game are available at WFCU-Centre.com.

The preseason continues November 8 when Raptors 905 return home for their first game at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga against the Erie Bayhawks (NBA D-League). Tickets starting at $7 are available through Ticketmaster.ca or in person at the Hershey Centre box office.

The following day the team will hold a special season seat holder and mini pack customer only game at the Hershey Centre SportsZone practice court against the London Lightning (NBL). Season seat packages are available by contacting tickets@raptors905.com.

Raptors 905 tip-off the regular season November 14 at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The home opener is scheduled for November 19 at the Hershey Centre against the Maine Red Claws.

 

 

 

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Raptors 905 Draft 7 Players With NBA Experience

The Toronto Raptors NBA D-League franchise, Raptors 905, has selected 16 players in an expansion draft. This was announced in an official press release today.

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2015 – Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, have selected the rights to 16 players in the 2015 NBA Development League Expansion Draft. The team will hold the rights to those players for two seasons.

The selections made in today’s Expansion Draft were from a pool of players from 2013-14 and 2014-15 NBA D-League rosters. Each 2014-15 NBA D-League team was able to protect the rights of up to 12 players and the Raptors 905 were able to select up to 16 unprotected players, with no more than two selections coming from any one NBA D-League team.

The Raptors 905, the record 19th team playing in the NBA D-League for the 2015-16 season, will play their home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario beginning in November.

Following are the complete results of the 2015 NBA D-League Expansion Draft:

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Caboclo and Nogueira

Raptors 905 NBA D-League Team Is Here

MLSE confirmed today that they have been approved to own and operate an NBA D-League franchise based out of Mississauga, Ontario. The team will be called Raptors 905.

The need for the Raptors to own and control their own Development team became obvious last season when the Fort Wayne Mad Ants limited the minutes of rookie Bruno Caboclo and their head coach didn’t even play Caboclo in several D-League games after he was sent down to gain some badly needed playing time and experience.

“I learned only mental (aspects) because I didn’t play a lot of minutes,” Caboclo told Pro Bball Report after returning from Fort Wayne. “I had games where I was not playing, like five games, zero minutes.”

 

Press Release:

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 29, 2015 – The NBA Development League and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment announced today the Toronto Raptors have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team. The new club, Raptors 905, will be the record 19th NBA D-League team and will play its home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. With the purchase, the Raptors become the record ninth NBA team to fully own and operate its own NBA D-League affiliate.

“We are thrilled to bring an NBA Development League team to basketball fans across the 905 region,” said Masai Ujiri, Toronto Raptors president and general manager. “Raptors 905 will give our young players a great opportunity to develop and gain valuable experience, while providing high level, affordable basketball to the community.”

Located 32 kilometers (20 miles) from downtown Toronto, the City of Mississauga will become the heart of development for Canada’s rapidly growing basketball movement. Seven current NBA players grew up in Toronto’s 905 area code, including NBA D-League alumni Tyler Ennis (Milwaukee) and Cory Joseph (San Antonio), along with Anthony Bennett (Minnesota), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Nik Stauskas (Sacramento), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), and Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota).

“We are excited and proud to have the Raptors 905, Canada’s first NBA Development League team, call the Hershey Centre home,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Residents and fans from across the Greater Toronto Area will enjoy affordable, professional basketball. This will be a tremendous boost to Mississauga’s economy and thriving sport tourism industry. Working together, the Raptors and the City of Mississauga will demonstrate the benefits sport can contribute in building strong and healthy communities. We are looking forward to a lasting partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the Toronto Raptors.”

The Raptors are the ninth NBA team to own an NBA D-League franchise, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers (Canton Charge), Golden State Warriors (Santa Cruz Warriors), Los Angeles Lakers
(L.A. D-Fenders), New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks), Oklahoma City Thunder (Oklahoma City Blue), Philadelphia 76ers (Delaware 87ers), San Antonio Spurs (Austin Spurs) and Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede).

“The announcement of Raptors 905 is an important step in the growth of the NBA Development League and heralds an exciting time for Raptors fans across Canada,” said Malcolm Turner, president of the NBA Development League. “As the record 19th team in the NBA D-League, Raptors 905 is evidence not only of the value the Raptors place on developing young players but also of their commitment to providing fans with the NBA D-League’s unique brand of high quality basketball.”

Eight members of the 2014-15 Raptors roster had NBA D-League experience, while the team has assigned four players over the last three seasons to hone their skills in the NBA D-League. Additionally, Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse spent six seasons on NBA D-League benches, winning the Championship in 2013 at the helm of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment worked closely with the City of Mississauga and National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) to build on the success of the now-former Mississauga Power in an effort to elevate professional basketball in a market of 3.4 million residents, including 757,000 in Mississauga – the sixth largest municipality in Canada.

“On behalf of the NBL Canada, we are excited that one of our franchises and key personnel will be joining the Raptors organization as they expand basketball further into Canada with the first NBA D-League team outside of the USA,” said NBL Canada Commissioner David Magley. “This move is consistent with our shared objective of growing the game of basketball throughout all of Canada.”

“As an investor and an avid basketball fan I’ve always wanted to contribute to the growth of the game in Canada,” said Henry Chow, Owner and President for the now former Mississauga Power. “When I became sole owner of the Power and moved the team to Mississauga it was with the vision that pro basketball would be a success in such a wonderful, prosperous market and I’m thrilled to have achieved that goal.”

The 19-team NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. This season, a record 47 NBA D-League players earned a record 63 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, while more than 40 percent of the last five NBA Draft classes have honed their skills in the NBA D-League, including 15 2014 first-round selections.

Deposits for season tickets, mini-packs and groups can be made by visiting Raptors905.com.