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The Toronto Raptors have worked extensively with Jonas Valanciunas on the "Hibbert", which is jumping vertically to challenge shooters instead of reaching.
The Raptors are hoping Valanciunas gives them a strong interior presence on defense without succumbing to foul trouble.
"He's far more comfortable in the NBA games," Dwane Casey said. "More confident, moving with more confidence, understanding where to go, what to do. I thought it gave him a sense of belonging, that I belong here. He's got a little swagger from the Summer League. Just being one of our primary interior scorers will be a great year for him, quarterbacking out of the post. And defensively, understanding the nuances of the NBA, the speed of the NBA. We need a rim protector and he needs to be a rim protector for us."
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It was only six minutes but it’s what Quincy Acy did with those six minutes that counted.
Acy the last man on a pre-season roster of 17 to get any run came out determined to make a statement Friday night.
Caught in a glut of big men on the Raptors roster Acy had one of those don’t-forget-about-me performances basically putting the other four Raptors reserves on his back and...
Austin Daye scored 12 points to help the Toronto Raptors win a sloppy preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-97 on Saturday night.
Tyler Hansbrough was the only other Raptor in double figures with 11. The Raptors shot 50 percent to overcome 35 fouls and three technicals for delay of game, which is a point of emphasis with officials this season.
Kevin Love had 28...
The NBA free agency period is dying down, so it time to look back at each team who they signed. Also many trades went down, which I will also recap below.
Free Agent Signings
-Agreed to terms with Julyan Stone and Austin Daye.
-Singed Tyler Hansbrough to a deal.
-Signed D.J. Augustin to a 1 year deal worth 1.3 Million.
-Traded Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks for Steve Novak...
Brooklyn will be well represented in China this season, that is for sure.
Now three years after Stephon Marbury made the jump from the NBA to China, his cousin and recent free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair will also call the Chinese Basketball Association home this season according to reports from Yahoo! Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the 28-year old Telfair...
Sebastian Telfair has reached a deal with Tianjin of China.
Telfair can return to the NBA in February.
Telfair finished last season with the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors added some new faces to their roster this summer and they are hoping that will rejuvenate both their careers and the team. Both DJ Augustin and Austin Daye talk about their journeys and how they will impact the Toronto Raptors. We also get to know a tab bit about them off the court.
We here at That NBA Lottery Pick love put-back slam dunks and earlier tonight, Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay has a pretty nice one against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Watch as missed shot by Jonas Valanciunas turns into a slam dunk for Rudy:
Rudy Gay image courtesy of Getty Images