Player News - Raptors

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Dwane Casey implied that C.J. Miles will be coming off the bench in Toronto's season opener against Chicago on Thursday.

Casey said that Miles has "done a great job as a bench leader," which would strongly suggest that Norman Powell will open the year as Toronto's starting three-man. Miles could be considered a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but Powell is the guy you want to target in 12-team settings.
Oct 17 - 2:28 PM

Norman Powell scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

The Raptors are going to ask him to score and he is expected to take more 3-pointers than he did in the playoffs when he shot it 3.8 times -- he did eight times tonight. The Raptors will likely play the matchups with Powell and C.J. Miles, but Powell's minutes should be in the upper 20s and he should be in the teens for scoring. He's a nice last-round flier.
Oct 13 - 11:39 PM

C.J. Miles scored 27 points with three rebounds, one assist and six 3-pointers against the Bulls on Friday.

The Raptors really want to shoot more 3-pointers this year, which is why Miles could possibly start on this team. He likely won't be doing anything else and he's still going to give minutes to Norman Powell and maybe even Delon Wright, so he's only a last-round specialist.
Oct 13 - 11:37 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored seven points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes on Friday.

The 3-pointers buzz has kind of cooled a bit here with DeRozan making just 2-of-10 in his four preseason games. Technically, that's an increase from last year, but expecting DeRozan to be close to 1.0 on treys may be a reach. Whatever the case, he'll be scoring in the upper 20s and he may clear 4.0 dimes per game.
Oct 13 - 11:31 PM

Jakob Poeltl scored four points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

Despite a really strong summer league and another good preseason, Poeltl's role is a tad unclear. The Raptors are using Ibaka more at the four than usual, so maybe the second-year Utah product can soak up most of the backup center minutes.
Oct 13 - 11:06 PM

Pascal Siakam scored four points with two rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 17 minutes on Friday.

He got the start for a resting Serge Ibaka, but he'll be moving back to the bench. The Raptors really want him to take treys to help replace Patrick Patterson, and he did take three more tonight. He still doesn't have enough upside to draft almost anywhere.
Oct 13 - 11:05 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes on Friday.

Going back to July, there were not many other players losing their luster like Valanciunas. However, he had himself a really strong preseason, looks confident, and he has a stranglehold on his minutes this year. JV is likely going to slide in drafts, but his high-floor fantasy game makes him a decent target after the popular bigs come off the board in the middle rounds.
Oct 13 - 11:02 PM

Norman Powell will start over C.J. Miles against the Bulls on Friday.

Powell started on Tuesday and it's possible he could be the opening night starter next to DeMar DeRozan. Powell has looked awesome since the postseason and he's a fantasy sleeper regardless of where he gets his minutes.
Oct 13 - 6:54 PM

Pascal Siakam will start over Serge Ibaka against the Bulls.

Presumably, that means Ibaka is going to get the night off tonight. Ibaka will slide in drafts now, but being such a high-floor player in fantasy makes him a nice value in the middle rounds.
Oct 13 - 6:53 PM

Jonas Valanciunas seemed to acknowledge during a recent interview that he won't be seeing many scoring opportunities in Toronto this season.

"It’s not just about scoring, right?" said Valanciunas. "It’s about making the right play, being in the right spot, right timing, seeing the open cutters. You cannot be selfish if you want to win." Head coach Dwane Casey has had high praise for Valanciunas through the preseason, but that doesn't change the fact that Casey has never allowed JV to average more 26 minutes per game during his time at the helm in Toronto. When Serge Ibaka joined the Raptors last year, Valanciunas saw his minutes reduced 23.6 a night, so that's what he might be looking at this season.
Source: TSN
Oct 12 - 12:51 PM

The Raptors signed G Davion Berry on Wednesday.

He's spent time with the Raptors' G-League affiliate, and that's likely where he'll be headed once the regular season is underway.
Oct 11 - 12:07 PM

Norman Powell started on Tuesday and hit just 1-of-6 shots for six points, two rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.

C.J. Miles came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 15 minutes. The Raptors are still trying to figure out which player to start, but Miles has looked very good with the second unit, which could mean they are leaning toward Powell. Either way, Powell looks like he could be primed for a breakout season, despite tonight's lackluster line.
Oct 10 - 9:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's exhibition win, while Serge Ibaka added 14 points, five boards, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

JV was great and is having a nice preseason, but there's still a concern that his workload will diminish some with Ibaka around. He should continue to start for the Raptors and is still a fantasy center target, especially if he and Ibaka can coexist like this once the games start counting.
Oct 10 - 9:37 PM

OG Anuoby made his Raptors debut in Tuesday's preseason game and had two points and three assists in 18 minutes.

He's been out with a right knee injury and was quiet tonight, but Dwane Casey appears to love him. "He's a Top 10 pick," he said. "We were lucky to get him where we did." He's not on the fantasy radar, but could be next year.
Oct 10 - 9:33 PM

Norman Powell will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Pistons, sending C.J. Miles to the bench.

Powell is currently battling Miles for the starting three-spot in Toronto, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares as a starter tonight. Regardless of how he enters the game, Powell will be a fixture in the Raptor's rotation and he's certainly someone to consider swooping up with a late-round pick on draft day. Joining Powell in the starting five will be Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.


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