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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Updates on Liggins, White domestic violence cases

    Sep 4, 2013, 5:29 PM EST

    DeAndre Liggins

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Slovenian basketball fans love Goran Dragic right now (he carried them to a…

  2. EuroBasket tips off Wednesday, here’s a quick primer

    Sep 4, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    BASKET-FRIENDLY-SLOVENIA-FRANCE

    At this point in the end of summer/start of fall those of us basketball junkies are looking for a fix. That is where EuroBasket comes in. If you’re asking “What is EuroBasket?” let us help you out with a little primer. • What is EuroBasket? A FIBA tournament featuring 24 teams from Europe, being played…

  3. Friday And-1 Links: Toronto’s Amir Johnson rides an elephant

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    Amir Johnson elephant

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Fox News loves blond female anchors… • That is the Raptors’ Amir…

  4. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  5. Coach says development of Valanciunas, DeRozan to alter Raptor offense

    Jul 25, 2013, 2:56 PM EST

    Jonas Valanciunas

    We’ve been telling you for a couple weeks now that Jonas Valanciunas turned a lot of heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League. He got named the Vegas Summer League MVP for a reason. We we’re the only one who noticed. Raptors coach Dwane Casey did as well. He said told Ryan…

  6. Raptors still looking for Terrence Ross to be more aggressive

    Jul 24, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    We’ve already told you more than once that Raptors fans should be encouraged by the Summer League Jonas Valanciunas had. Terrence Ross was on that team as well, and while he wasn’t bad he didn’t stand out. Which is a little concerning considering he may have been the best athlete on the court every time…

  7. As it should be, Raptors’ Valanciunas named Vegas Summer League MVP

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:22 AM EST

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    Jonas Valanciunas showed up to Las Vegas NBA Summer League and the first thing you noticed was his physique — the 21-year-old had hit the gym and filled out his upper body considerably. He then used that new strength to be the most dominant player in Las Vegas — he averaged 18.8 points per game…

  8. Ian Clark leads Warriors to Summer League championship victory over Suns

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:38 AM EST

    NBCSports.com

    LAS VEGAS – The Warriors wrapped up Las Vegas Summer League on Monday with a 91-77 win over the Suns to take home the first ever championship trophy in the event’s history. Undrafted rookie Ian Clark was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, after putting on a red-hot shooting display that netted him a game-high…

  9. Rudy Gay had eye surgery this offseason to correct vision problems

    Jul 22, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    What makes Rudy Gay divisive is simply he is not a good shooter. He puts up points — career average of 18 a game and 19.5 with the Raptors at the end of last season — but he’s a career 45 percent shooter who hit just 42.5 percent with the Raptors. He shot 32.3 percent…

  10. Report: Raptors might shut down Valanciunas for rest of Summer League

    Jul 19, 2013, 4:51 PM EST

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    Jonas Valanciunas is one of the leading candidates for Summer League MVP. He showed up to Vegas filled out in the upper body and then proceeded to be a man among boys averaging 18.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting with 10 rebounds and almost one block a game. He isn’t just bullying his way to…

  11. Warriors’ Bazemore with big Summer League dunk (VIDEO)

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    When you start talking about Summer League MVP candidates, Golden State sophomore Kent Bazemore‘s name needs to come up (along the Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas, and Chicago’s Andrew Goudelock). Bazemore is averaging 18 points a game for the undefeated Warriors, and he put up 25 on Thursday against Dallas. The Old Dominion guard…

  12. Thursday Summer League Notes: Dion Waiters puts up some numbers

    Jul 19, 2013, 2:45 AM EST

    Dion Waiters

    The Summer League tournament continued on Thursday, with some teams playing their last game in Vegas. Here are a few notes from the action. • Dion Waiters finally broke out of an ugly slump with a good half of basketball. Waiters had been shooting 29.5 percent through three Summer League games, plus he was turning…

  13. Canadian Andrew Wiggins wants to play for Raptors

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

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    Andrew Wiggins — the presumptive No. 1 overall pick next draft, a wing who can score in a variety of ways and is thought to have a Durant-level impact on a team — is just like every kid who grew up rooting for and dreaming of playing for his hometown team. He has taken shots…

  14. Summer League players: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly so far

    Jul 17, 2013, 3:14 PM EST

    Cody Zeller

    LAS VEGAS — As we enter the tournament phase of Summer League, it is pretty much the halfway point, which seems a good time to take stock of some of the player evaluation and development that is really the focus out in Las Vegas. And when you talk player evaluation, you should always try to…

  15. Tuesday Summer League Notes: Gorgui Dieng trying to find his groove, McLemore finds his

    Jul 17, 2013, 1:30 AM EST

    Gorgui Dieng

    LAS VEGAS — Summer League is more than just coaches in cargo shorts, although it is a lot of that. There’s a lot more going on, so here are some notes from Tuesday…. • Minnesota didn’t draft Gorgui Dieng because of his offense, still it feels like his footwork and overall game has regressed since…

  16. Sunday Summer League Notes: Talking big men like Zeller, Vesley

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:01 AM EST

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    Our notebooks are full from another day watching hoop in Vegas are a few notes from Day 3 of the NBA Summer League: • In case you missed it, we’ve written about a couple of big men who are looking good in Las Vegas — Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors and Cody Zeller for the…

  17. Bigger, stronger Jonas Valanciunas pushes Heat around in Summer League

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Raptors Heat Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Not a lot of people noticed, but at Jonas Valanciunas had a nice rookie season up in Toronto: 8.9 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, he shot 48 percent in post up spots and 62 percent as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. He had a PER of 15.6. All of those…

  18. Summer League Notes: The svelte Draymond Green and other Day 2 highlights

    Jul 14, 2013, 12:25 AM EST

    Wizards Warriors Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — Saturday saw some rough rookie debuts but also some strong performances. Here are a few notes and highlights from Day 2 of Summer League in Vegas. • Ben McLemore had a rough shooting Summer League debut at 4-of-23, but as noted in PBT’s story it wasn’t as bad as it looked. •…

  19. Report: Masai Ujiri leaves Denver to take over Toronto basketball operations

    May 31, 2013, 5:41 PM EST

    Masai Ujiri

    Nuggets GM and current NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri couldn’t turn down the combination of more money and more power— he is leaving the Denver Nuggets to take over as the guy in charge of basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors. That according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Masai Ujiri has accepted…

  20. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  21. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EST

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  22. Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired. In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little…

  23. Raptors Valanciunas hurts neck, taken to hospital after game

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:12 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    In recent weeks, the Raptors have seen a lot of progress out of young center Jonas Valanciunas — he came into this season in Toronto with a lot of hype but proved to be a work in progress. But last month he was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the month with a double-double in 12…

  24. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  25. Three Stars of the night: Carmelo’s hot hand continues

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:56 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the Atlantic Division version of Three Stars of the night. We don’t need your other five divisions, you can keep them. Third Star: Jonas Valanciunas (24 points, 10 rebounds) Coming into this season, there was a lot of hope in Toronto around Valanciunas, that the rookie could be a key part of their…

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