Tagged Toronto Raptors

These NBA Contenders Have Sneaky Good Cap Situations in 2019-20

Coming out of the first heavy-spending summer since 2016, several teams are locked into their current core and will have trouble generating significant spending power over the next two offseasons. Of course, other teams are still riding out their own bad 2016 contracts and will look to get back in the game in 2020 and…

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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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PODCAST: Breaking Down NBA’s New Eastern Conference

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) power rank the new-look Eastern Conference in the wake of free agency. Which team should be the favorite in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers? Which teams look like playoff locks? Which teams could sneak in as a No.…

How Close Are Toronto Raptors to a Rebuild?

Three weeks after winning their first NBA championship in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors’ feel-good summer came crashing to a halt. Kawhi Leonard shook the league to its core by announcing he’d be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, who had long been rumored as a possible free-agent landing spot for him. While the Los…

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PODCAST: Team Winners, Losers in 2019 NBA Free Agency

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) go through the biggest winners and losers from a wild first week of NBA free agency. Which franchises came out ahead? Which should have some regrets? And who does the jury remain out on? Check out the episode to hear Morten…

What’s Next for Toronto Raptors Without Kawhi Leonard?

The news was devastating to the Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard was heading home to Los Angeles. As their dreams of a repeat championship disappear, the focus must shift onto what the organization can do to replace its Finals MVP. The team’s salary situation dictates either a complete blowup of the roster or replacing Leonard with…

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PODCAST: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LA Clippers Rock NBA

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) give their immediate reaction to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George heading to the Los Angeles Clippers. Are the Clippers now the NBA title favorites in 2019-20? How will the Los Angeles Lakers bounce back after missing out on Leonard? Should the…