Raptors roster, the NBA draft, a little bit of baseball as Ye Olde Mailbag overflows


Holy smokes. Did you ever rally large time this week.

Tons of nice stuff right here and extra quantity than we’ve had in a many every week; actually made for a busier-than-usual Saturday/Sunday morning at Casa Doug.

Take pleasure in it earlier than we transfer into one other loopy busy week with the Canadian males’s crew taking part in Friday, the U23 groups preparing for the massive event in Toronto in early July and, oh yeah, NBA free company beginning Thursday.

I let you know, August goes to be filled with decks and patios and stools and, hopefully, golf programs.

Q: There was a lot bling on the draft you wanted to put on sun shades!
I can’t think about these school college students, most of them anyhow, have the cash for that type of jewellery. Is it supplied by their managers/brokers?

How quickly does Christian Koloko get to Toronto and begin coaching?
Do you assume Serge might come again to the Raptors? I’m certain he’d love to shut out his profession right here!

A: Discovering methods to both buy or “borrow” jewelry in opposition to future earnings is fairly simple to do, I might think about. I’d guess that’s how among the extra bing-ish stuff finally ends up on teenagers and youngsters of their early-20s. Most could be facilitated by the agent, although.

I’m unsure if Koloko will get right here. I might suspect he may simply head to Vegas to satisfy the Summer time League crew/program subsequent week and formally signal then. He might arrive this weekend for a few days or every week nevertheless it’s most likely best for all involved to hitch the crew in Nevada.

I’d like to have Serge round for purely egocentric skilled causes – he’s an excellent story – however I can’t see any method he’s a basketball match for this crew because it’s constructed and the place it’s going.

Q: Hey Doug,
A remark and query in regards to the inimitable Scottie Barnes. I used to be struck this yr watching him that, properly, nothing actually struck me about him, besides the outcomes. Athletic, after all, however not younger DeRozan jump-out-of-the-gym athletic. First rate deal with for one so younger, however no Kyrie Irving. Fast sufficient however no DeAaron Fox. First rate capturing, however I don’t assume initiatives as a three-point specialist. Cellular and accountable defensively, however not showy – he’s not majestically swatting away pictures on the rim or stealing the ball and the soul from the ball handler.

He simply does every part (very) properly. Watching him get to his spot for a brief jumper within the lane over a defender repeatedly it occurred to me (regardless of the inevitable rookie errors) he performs extra like a savvy veteran than a uncooked expertise.

In your view, what’s or initiatives to be his standout expertise? To be clear, that is no criticism – I like his sport. I simply don’t fairly now find out how to describe it.
Thanks Doug,

A: I believe his standout expertise is, actually, his versatility and talent to do lots of issues at a really excessive degree. Amongst them, I believe he’s going to show into a really, excellent scorer, passer, menace on the elbow and a defender who can guard nearly all of the spots on the ground.

However, general, it’s his general package deal that makes him stand out.

Q: Expensive Doug,

Thanks a lot to your informative reporting (we learn your writings) on the RAPTORS group and TEAM.

On behalf of our SENIORS fan membership at Monorbridge, we’re asking in the event you might put in a particular request for brand spanking new mics for all of the reporters at these interviews.

We can not hear the questions being requested and want to see this corrected earlier than the brand new season begins.

We admire your time on this essential matter.

Jascent S

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A: I perceive your level and, consider me, many others share it and it’s a little bit of a posh difficulty however there’s the factor:

Most of us, mainly all of us, don’t work for both the crew or broadcast retailers that merely take video and audio and present it. I’m unsure I’m totally snug doing the job of others.

In fact, all of us have used solutions to questions requested by others, which is the opposite aspect of the coin. However what we’re not is a studio viewers or hosts of interview classes, we’re working journalists from different retailers.

I don’t know what the reply is even whether it is irritating to folks at dwelling.

Q: Hey Doug,
As it’s the Summer time and I’m certain you don’t need to spend any extra time in entrance of the digital display, I’ll get to the purpose:
1. How do NBA exercises go? I imply, if you hear that so-and-so is right here figuring out for the Raptors, how does that course of unfold? Are the invited prospects answerable for getting right here or do the crew ship a personal airplane for them? Received’t having them fly industrial, even in home Enterprise or First Class, be uncomfortable since lots of these gamers are very tall and fairly large?
2. I consider all however 3 groups I believe use the NBA constitution settlement with Delta Airways. Seeing as lots of NBA gamers are inclined to have a really strict eating regimen, how is in-flight catering accomplished? I’m considering that with the myriad eating regimen necessities gamers have, Delta doesn’t have a separate kitchen with Sports activities Nutritionists employed.
3.Has there been any thought, whether or not merely spitballing concepts or no matter, of constructing a brand new Scotiabank Area? The constructing is 20+ yr outdated and I vaguely keep in mind listening to that through the All Star Recreation held right here, there was some difficulty with area and electrical service.
Thanks sir!

A: Exercises are organized in discussions with brokers and takes some negotiations as a result of lots of brokers have, let’s assume, larger opinions of their purchasers than perhaps groups do. So getting guys to come back in is all the time difficult. And groups ship common outdated industrial airplane tickets more often than not.

Constitution catering is finished working along with the airline, whichever restaurant or service a crew makes use of in every metropolis – most are the identical crew to crew – and I’ve been on them, there may be nice vary of dietary wants considered earlier than orders are positioned. It’s not loopy elaborate nevertheless it’s higher than the meals you or I might get J

I can’t see any method or want for a brand new constructing; I do know that a part of the numerous obligations Masai has as vice-chairman are methods to spruce up the constructing. A brand new scoreboard could be first, in my thoughts. And, yeah, the again of home is small however they appear to make it work for such taxing occasions as all-star video games and NBA Finals.

Q: Expensive Doug – Thanks for being the one sportswriter that I do know of who takes questions.  I’d wish to take you again to the early 60’s when Invoice Sharman shot a two handed set shot and the foul line was made up of fellows capturing “bucket pictures”. Who first used or was the kind of inventor of the 2 handed over the top shot have been gamers use their fingertips to regulate the shot?

I all the time thought it was a man I watched known as Jack “the Shot” Foley, seems he simply made an excellent hoop in a sport and therefore his nickname. Simply discovered that half final yr, so who was the primary to shoot the way in which everybody does now ? Lastly have you ever or any Canadian sports activities writers ever been on Round The Horn ? Thanks.

Doug L

A: Unsure in regards to the two-hand set shot – Bob McDermott is a named I recall – nevertheless it may need been round since Ol’ Jimmy Naismith’s time.

The leap shot is usually thought-about to be “invented” by a man named Ken Sailors, or perhaps John Miller Cooper and popularized by a man named Hank Luisetti.

Verify all of them out.

I consider Not Bea Arthur may need accomplished Across the Horn as soon as years in the past, if reminiscence serves.

Q: Hello Doug,

Summer time is formally right here! With Summer time league and free company to observe. Who says there’s on “off” season?

Some questions:

1) The draft has come & gone, and OG remains to be right here. We drafted a 7ft middle from Pascal’s hometown (with Kawhi-sized fingers reportedly, and extra basketball expertise)… fairly good huh? (ps. with all of the rumours heating up, who knew if we might transfer up within the draft, swap, acquire or lose picks? I thought there could be lots of of “what about this man?” questions)

2) At all times a bit shocked that some guys (no disrespect supposed) like Shaedon Sharpe can get drafted regardless of not having performed in a yr (or others with very restricted NCAA minutes) whereas others who’ve led the league in scoring and so on. do not get drafted. What kind of components depend in opposition to statistically good gamers?

3) Alongside the identical traces, learn that Marcus Sensible gained the NBA Hustle award (who knew such a factor existed? the award I imply..). The article has hyperlinks to numerous “hustle” stats, exhibiting the place Sensible ranked in numerous classes.. Proper there with him (and in a number of classes higher than Sensible) have been Fred, Gary, and even Scottie, but none of our guys have been even finalists for the award. What offers?

4) A pair months in the past, I lamented the Leafs lack of playoff success lately, however now I notice that they probably have been blocked by Tampa Bay, very similar to the Raptors have been blocked by LeBron. My query is: if a crew loses a detailed playoff collection to the eventual champs, how a lot “fixing” do they really want in the event you’re a fortunate bounce or two from profitable?

Thanks for an additional nice week of writing!

Bernie M

A: I don’t know if Koloko can play on the NBA degree or not however at No. 33 it’s price a little bit of gamble on promising abilities growing. OG was by no means, ever going anyplace on draft night time, it was noise.

Stats, school stats, imply nothing. The video games are so completely totally different, the gamers so totally different, every part is so totally different nothing is transferable. It’s mainly particular person abilities that tip the size.

The hustle award is a awarded by a statistical measuring system, there are not any “finalists” per se and plenty of of these stats are subjective. It’s not an award I pay any consideration to.

If I’m working a crew, I don’t construct to get previous one participant ever. Issues are too fluid to do this.

Q: Do you know that Chris Boucher was the Raptors greatest shooter within the Philly collection
Ever since Ryan Goins was launched when his RBI manufacturing was mainly the identical in 2017 as Dustin Pedroia’s, I’ve not trusted Toronto sports activities groups to do the proper factor.

My favorite participant on the Raptors in some ways is Chris Boucher; the man I’m rooting for the toughest. Like Goins his contribution is seemingly below appreciated, and he was  usually talked about it appears in commerce talks.

Regardless of my admiration for him it was a bit stunning to seek out he was not solely the most effective shooter on the Raptors but in addition had a Private Effectivity Ranking of 19.67 when the following greatest on the crew was Pascal Siakim at 15.82. I believed he may need had by far the very best capturing proportion on two pointers of 61.9 % as a result of of Thaddeus Younger setting him up for therefore many dunks. Not so, he shot 90% on free throws and 40% from three level vary and had greatest capturing proportion on the crew. Given the time on the ground, his factors per minute was the very best on the crew. His variety of blocks was highest on the crew even with out regard to taking part in time. Equally, when his taking part in time was taken into consideration, he and Scottie Barnes have been mainly deadlocked  for the lead on rebounds. The one space the place he didn’t do properly was assists.
To sum up he made a a lot larger contribution than is often thought and it could be an excellent disgrace if he weren’t with the Raptors subsequent season.
My supply was “ Toronto Raptors Postseason Stats 2021 – 2022 “ by ESPN
A query about Thaddeus Younger too. Was the massive enchancment in Treasured Achuiwa’s play, and to a lesser extent in Boucher’s play and decreased fouls, attributable to him?
Geoff Holland

A: These are all correct Boucher stats and he certainly play properly within the Sixers collection. And I believe the Raptors would like to have him again in the same backup position off the bench and it is going to be monetary resolution made after discussions between his agent and the crew.  I wouldn’t break the financial institution to convey him again however he’s a very good participant who might help a very good crew.

Goins in 2017? He wasn’t ever, a Pedroia and if that’s if you began questioning personnel selections of Toronto sports activities groups, fortunate you. There have been many years of issues earlier than that one.

Achiuwa’s and Boucher’s play was attributable to them and the roles they got. Finish of story.

Q: Hey Doug,

Attention-grabbing draft night time, for our heroes no shock that it was quiet you recognize like we’ll simply make our choose. Outdoors the highest 5 unsure there have been any gamers that might contribute in a serious method for a pair years, by no means thoughts the cap implications.
Do like their choose of a real cellular Middle. Initially I figured we barely see him in NBA video games till perhaps after the All Star sport. However there appears to be some who assume he might see 10-Quarter-hour an evening so much sooner. What do you’re feeling are life like expectations.
What Does Ron Harper Jr convey to the desk that’s totally different from the present gamers?
Does anybody know what the Knicks are doing?
Who’s Kyrie taking part in for subsequent season?
At all times a pleasure,
Richmond Hill

A: Christian Koloko hasn’t a lot as taken half in a Summer time League follow not to mention an NBA follow or an NBA sport, it’s inconceivable to say what he may do in October. If he can deal with NBA degree defensive abilities he can most likely eat some backup centre minutes however nobody can say what number of that will probably be. Sorry. It’s what coaching camp and the pre-season are for.

There’s nothing vastly particular about Harper, who no less than has the consolation of a two-way deal to let him actually dig into improvement. He does have good genes, although, and perhaps that helps.

The Knicks cleared wage cap to make a run at Jalen Brunson, which can work.

Irving? This can be a negotiation of wage and years; they’ll discover widespread floor and he’ll be in Brooklyn is my greatest guess proper now.

Q: Hello Doug.  Baseball query right here.  I don’t get catchers “framing” the baseball.  I get what’s supposed, make the umpire assume a ball is a strike. However, come on, actually? If I used to be an umpire, and I’m not, and if I noticed a catcher transfer the ball up or down or no matter, into the strike zone I might assume it was a ball.  Having mentioned that, sensible folks like Dan Schulman and Pat Tabler make references to catchers like Kirk as being top-of-the-line framers in baseball so perhaps there’s one thing there and  I suppose it should work typically or they wouldn’t do it however, once more, actually!!
Your ideas?
Gerry Bleau

A: Oh, framing is a talent, an essential one that may steal 4 or 5 borderline strikes a sport. I think about it really works as a result of (a) it occurs in a cut up second earlier than eyes can react and (b) dwelling plate umpires constantly suck nowadays.

Hello Doug

Kyrie Irving. Nice basketball participant. To dangerous he is such an fool and also you could not pay me to place him on my crew. Your opinion please?


A: I wouldn’t have him on my crew ever. Too divisive, and I’ve held since he was in Cleveland that he doesn’t make any teammates higher, which is what a lead guard ought to do, proper?

Q: Hey Mr. Smith,

I take no inventory in “insider” commerce chatter. However I used to be questioning in the event you had any perception into how hypothesis on somebody like O.G. will get began?

Is it individuals who nonetheless erroneously assume Toronto is just not a legit market and may function a feeder for “marquee” locations? Is it reporters merely seeing a necessity, matching a participant, after which making an attempt to make the numbers work?

And do inaccurate experiences — in the event that they’re solely speculative — have any affect on the author’s status? I admire the care and duty you soak up your reporting, so I really feel this “throw it in opposition to the wall and see what sticks” hypothesis really is an insult to the work you do. Perhaps I am overthinking issues, although.

Thanks prematurely!


P.S. I used to be the man who mailed you because the “Day One Fan Going to My First Recreation a few months in the past. Seems that “first” sport was the hearth/evacuation. So… first sport subsequent yr! A minimum of we bought a narrative out of it. 

A: Any of these sorts of leaks would possible come from brokers or members of the family near a participant making an attempt to power a difficulty though there are some chroniclers who have a look at rosters and extrapolate on “match.”

I believe within the larger image if the identical folks preserve placing out experiences that transform unfaithful, I might suspect folks would begin paying much less consideration them. The little boy who cried wolf syndrome, I’d name it.

Q: Hey Doug:
Completely satisfied Free Agent’s Eve! I’m certain you have been shocked that the Raptors didn’t commerce OG for the 59th choose to, properly, stay as much as the delusions of some.
Again in the actual world, how do you assume the choose of Koloko impacts the selections Masai & co. should make concerning Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Younger?

After VanVleet, Barnes, Siakem. Achiuwa, Trent; who do you anticipate being within the center group of the crew, and who will probably be there to see taking part in time solely on the finish of a blowout sport? (I notice this may/will all change after free company, and the OG for Giannis commerce).
I’m additionally assuming Nick Nurse was all smiles trying on the draft whereas sporting his nationwide crew hat. I assume that with rising numbers of Canadians within the NBA, the prospects for the crew look much more promising down the street.
Lastly, I’m certain that you’ve got some ideas in regards to the US Supreme Court docket’s selections on weapons and abortions this previous week. I’m questioning what you assume and what, if any affect it might have within the nook of the world you spend time in.
Appreciated as all the time

A: I might assume having a younger large man on the roster may play a small position in free company selections, sure. However Koloko’s rawness is a matter to think about. I’ve all the time thought it’s extremely possible Boucher is again and fewer possible that Younger is.

I can’t guess on the roster past the core group as a result of I don’t know who they may add as a free agent and the place he’ll match. I additionally surprise the place gamers like Banton and Flynn and, maybe, Chapagnie match into any rotation.

The Roe vs. Wade reversal was terrible, horrible, the work of what I believe is an illegitimate court docket rigged by a narcissistic, racist, evil president. I can’t discover phrases to precise my disgust.

That, the proliferation of weapons, the straightforward of gun carry legal guidelines, and the overall sense that some type of civil battle is just not far-off that I’ve had for about 4 years means I’ll spend the minimal period of time within the U.S., simply as a lot as is required for my job, and I’ll preserve myself very conscious when I’m there.

Q: Hello Doug,
I’m scripting this to you on Thursday afternoon earlier than the draft. I’m a bit of confused about the entire OG factor that’s been happening. In a number of days, issues could turn out to be clearer, nonetheless as of proper now (Thursday afternoon) I don’t perceive how OG could possibly be upset together with his position in Toronto. Additionally, I’m unsure why there appears to be lots of curiosity from different groups contemplating his damage historical past. Are you able to assist illuminate the scenario? Thanks.

Richard F

A: OG’s 24 years outdated, has a really manageable and team-friendly contract and has, at instances, proven above common abilities offensively and defensively.

If groups weren’t all for making an attempt to amass him, I’d fear about their administration. However it doesn’t imply something goes to occur.

The damage stuff is actual and I suppose the one “good” factor about it’s that it’s not one recurring factor, like fixed knee or again points. And that’s why groups aren’t all that nervous about it.

Q: Hey Doug,
In your Monday column you emphasised that the Raptors by no means leak a narrative. You gave credit score to Masai and Bobby for the way properly they deal with interactions with the media with out leaking out data.
I’m certain they deserve each little bit of credit score for making that a part of the Raptor tradition however credit score should additionally go to all the parents down the road who additionally observe that coverage. I’m certain there are these within the media who would speak to virtually anybody inside the group who could be prepared to reveal some inside data. However that doesn’t appear to occur.
One other instance of not simply the standard of these on the high however the power of your complete group high to  backside.

A: Oh, there’s no query a lot of media attempt to pull end-arounds to assemble data however the large factor is that Masai and Bobby preserve a really, very tight circle and there are folks with large titles within the group who don’t have the knowledge to present even when they needed.

Q: Hello Doug,

Attention-grabbing choose by the Raptors.

4 Canadians picked in first 32. What does this imply for CMNT? Are there any CMNT video games coming quickly?


A: Unsure it means a lot for the nationwide crew, all 4 have been actually on the radar and should in the future play. I do know Nembhard counts his age-group play for Canada amongst his greatest basketball recollections and needs to be concerned sooner or later.

However they’re additionally younger youngsters whose greatest days are perhaps half a decade forward.

The senior males play a World Cup qualifying sport in Hamilton on Canada Day after which one other group will play within the AmeriCup event in September.

Q: Hello Doug,

Thank goodness OG remains to be a Raptor. He has far more upside than many of the different Raptors on each side of the ball.

Once I watch a sport OG appears to play properly and get extra factors and touches within the first half of the sport. Within the second half he appears to get missed. Unsure why?

Any concepts?

Thanks Doug

Paul W

A: I don’t know if that’s statistically right however I don’t see it even anecdotally. Some nights, certain, there are different matchups they like to take advantage of however every sport is totally different. And given the success they’ve had with OG on the roster and in numerous roles when he’s wholesome, I don’t assume you may argue with the outcomes.

Q: Hey, Doug,

Main into the draft everybody gave the impression to be dumping on Malachi Flynn who was ‘imagined to be the following Fred VV.’ Not that that might be a foul factor.

I ponder what sort of participant he could possibly be if he wasn’t being squeezed in that course which he would not actually appear to be fitted to.

Are you able to consider different gamers who bought pushed in a selected course as a result of they have been ‘the following…’ and it killed their profession?


A: The place Malachi is could be very a lot of his personal doing though I don’t assume he was helped within the least by mainly lacking your complete summer time program the yr hew was drafted.

And I don’t assume anybody “pushed” a degree guard to be a degree guard.

Q: Doug,

Not a query, only a remark from a really irregular Irregular. I had really considered asking you about Koloko months in the past however I do know you do not like draft questions! I do not deserve the hat tip although, my buddy Whelp does as he despatched me a textual content with a number of hyperlinks again on Dec. 13, 2021 (!!!!) alerting me to Koloko and stating that that is who he (Whelp) want to see the Raps draft. I keep in mind worrying after the Thad Younger commerce that he’d be passed by choose #33 (as Koloko was on the backend of the first within the mocks all Winter). Humorous how issues works out!!

So, my buddy Whelp deserves a tip! Let’s hope he, Masai, and Bobby picked a winner!!
Completely satisfied Summer time 🙂

A: It’s not that I don’t like draft questions, it’s that they’re 99 per cent of the time unanswerable. This yr, as an illustration, they’d greater than 70 youngsters in, most likely favored 25-40 very a lot and had no clue who’d be there at 33. Koloko was completely on their listing, they assumed he’d be lengthy passed by their selection.

So I might have answered by saying, ‘yeah, they checked out him and dozens of others and he’s within the combine.’

You’re pal is fairly prescient, although, get subsequent week’s lottery numbers, please. J


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