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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.