May 26, 2020, 11:55 am
2019-2020 Toronto Raptors Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
58-24 32-9 26-15
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
46-18 23-9 23-9
Fun Facts for the season
-With the departure of Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, most folks thought the Raptors would struggle a season removed from winning their first NBA title. Caeser’s Palace set their win total at 45 in July of 2019, a mark that the team has already passed with 18 games remaining. The Raptors were able to increase their winning percentage from .707 in 2018-19 to .719 so far this year with an all-around team effort led by 33-year old Kyle Lowry along with their budding young star, Pascal Siakam.
-Massai Ujiri has developed a reputation as one of the best front office executives in the league as his name has come up as a target for other franchises looking to build a contender. Since he was hired in May of 2013, he has been able to prove his prowess in evaluating talent in the draft and has done a great job in the trade market that helped bring Toronto their first ever NBA championship. Here are all of the notable moves that have been made under Ujiri:
- Traded former first-overall pick Andrea Bargnani and the $23.16M contract that he was owed for two more seasons to the Knicks for two expiring contracts, another player and three future picks
- Traded Rudy Gay and his $37.21M deal to the Kings for a couple expiring contracts and two players on rookie contracts
- Traded John Salmons (acquired in the Rudy Gay trade) to the Hawks for Lou Williams and Bebe Nogueira
- Drafted Delon Wright (20th overall) in 2015
- Traded Greivis Vásquez (acquired in the Rudy Gay trade) to the Bucks for a second-round pick in 2015 (Norman Powell) and a 2017 first-round pick
- Drafted Jakob Pötl and Pascal Siakam in the first round of the 2016 draft
- Signed undrafted rookie Fred VanVleet in 2016
- Traded Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick (Anžejs Pasečņiks) to the Magic for Serge Ibaka
- Traded Jared Sullinger and a couple of second-round picks for P.J .Tucker
- drafted OG Anunoby in 2017
- Hired Nick Nurse in June of 2018
- Traded DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Pötl and a 2019 first-round pick (Keldon Johnson) to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green
- Signed Chris Boucher in 2018
- Traded C.J. Miles, Delon Wright, Jonas Valančiūnas and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies for Marc Gasol
- Signed undrafted rookie Terence Davis in 2019
-Kyle Lowry had his best fantasy season since the 2015-16 campaign, when he finished as a first-round value in 8/9-cat leagues while playing in 77 regular season games. With Kawhi Leonard out of town, Lowry took on more responsibility on offense as his usage increased from 19.6 in 2018-19 to 23.1, which can explain how he jumped a round of value season over season.
-The Raptors were one of the best teams to target heading into fantasy drafts as they only had one player produce value lower value than their ADP (according to Yahoo!)
Actual per-game value
Rounds ahead/below ADP
3 rounds/3 rounds
-3 rounds/-3 rounds
5 rounds/5 rounds
2 rounds/2 rounds
9 rounds/10 rounds
8 rounds/10 rounds
-Marc Gasol was limited to just 36 games (56 percent) so far this season due to injuries to his hamstring. He has struggled to produce the fantasy value that people were used to since joining the Raptors as the 35-year-old big man has seen most of his averages decline from his days in Memphis: -7.3 minutes, -6.9 points, -1.2 rebounds, +0.2 assists, -0.1 steals, -0.6 blocks, -.044 field goal percentage and -.027 free throw percentage
-OG Anunoby took a monster leap in his third year with the Raptors as there was more opportunity at the small forward position with Kawhi’s departure to the Clippers. Anunoby averaged a career-high 30.1 mpg and saw his per-game value increase from 25th/24th round to 8th/6th round
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Kyle Lowry (2nd round/2nd round)
-Fred VanVleet (3rd round/3rd round)
-Pascal Siakam (3rd round/3rd round)
-Norman Powell (6th round/5th round)
-OG Anunoby (8th round/6th round)
-Serge Ibaka (7th round/7th round)
-Marc Gasol (10th round/10th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)
-Kyle Lowry (2nd round)
-Pascal Siakam (2nd round)
-Fred VanVleet (3rd round)
-Serge Ibaka (7th round)
-Marc Gasol (8th round)
-Norman Powell (9th round)
-OG Anunoby (10th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Kyle Lowry (all formats)
-Pascal Siakam (all formats)
-Fred VanVleet (all formats)
-Norman Powell (all formats)
-Serge Ibaka (all formats)
-OG Anunoby (8/9-cat)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-OG Anunoby (points leagues)
-Marc Gasol (all formats)
-Chris Boucher (8/9-cat)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Marc Gasol (unrestricted)
-Serge Ibaka (unrestricted)
-Fred VanVleet (unrestricted)
-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (unrestricted)
-Chris Boucher (restricted)
-Malcolm Miller (restricted)
-Stanley Johnson (player option of $3.8M in 2020-21)
-Terence Davis (team option of $1.52M in 2020-21)
-Matt Thomas (team option of $1.52M in 2020-21 including $725K guaranteed)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick
-2020 second round pick
-2021 first round pick
-2022 first round pick
July 9, 2020, 10:05 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic posted his fourth straight elite fantasy season and his best season to date, finishing as the 9th best option in 9-category formats.
Jokic is as reliable as they come with another season of huge popcorn numbers. He scored 20.2 points (a career-high) to go with 10.2 boards and 6.9 assists on a strong 52.8% shooting from the floor and 81.3% from the line. The cash counter output also maintained from past seasons, with 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.1 triples. At this point, Jokic's best asset is his consistency. This is what we've grown to expect from him as someone who always shows up to work. He played every game for the Nuggets this season and has missed just 20 games total in his five-year career. As long as he is healthy, he's money in the bank.
July 9, 2020, 9:57 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray took a nice step forward in his fourth NBA campaign and approached top-50 value in 9-category leagues due to a large increase in shooting efficiency.
Murray was limited to 55 games due to a sprained left ankle but performed well when he was on the court. The popcorn numbers were similar to his 2018-19 season, with 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in 32.8 minutes. The 25 spot jump to the 52nd player in 9-category format was directly tied to a 1.8% improvement to 45.5% from the floor and a 4.5% improvement to 89.3% from the charity stripe. If he can continue to improve his passing and game management, he can hop into the top-50 with ease going forward.
July 9, 2020, 9:46 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap maintained his typical per-minute production, finishing as the 97th player in 9-category formats in just 24.4 minutes per game.
Millsap's minute decline over the past three seasons in Denver have muted the upside he enjoyed during his heyday in Atlanta. In 44 games and a few nagging injuries including a left knee contusion and a sprained right ankle, he put up 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks on good percentages (48.6 from the floor and a career-high 83.3% from the free throw line). Millsap should continue to be a good per-minute producer even if he moves on to a new destination for 2021, but expect the minutes to be the real sticking point as he enters his age 35 season.
July 9, 2020, 9:38 pmMason PlumleeC, Denver Nuggets
Mason Plumlee slogged his way to an unimpressive 2019-20 season, finishing well outside the top-250 in 9-category formats and averaging 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds without much else worth noting.
On top of unexciting popcorn numbers, Plumlee shot an abysmal 53.6% from the charity stripe. He was a volume play only who didn't really provide anything exciting in limited minutes. Playing behind Nikola Jokic was always going to limit Plumlee's production and keep him even out of streaming range.
July 9, 2020, 9:20 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris compiled top-150 value in 9-category formats as the primary backup option to Jamal Murray during the 2019-20 season.
Morris had a strong season splitting time between backup point guard and fill-in starter when Jamal Murray went down with a sprained ankle. Morris enjoyed top-100 value during Murray's absence and put together a solid line of 8.4 points, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 21.4 minutes. It was a solid campaign on compiled volume, but it was a step back from a top-100 season in 2018-19 where he got three more minutes per contest and made good for two more points with heightened efficiency. Going forward, Morris should be a solid deep-league point guard who can provide assists cheaply without any major weaknesses.
July 9, 2020, 9:10 pmTorrey CraigSG, Denver Nuggets
Torrey Craig played serviceable streamer minutes when called upon for the Nuggets and was an underappreciated starter at various points for a good Nuggets team.
Craig is an unheralded player who is one of the prime examples of the "better in real life" syndrome. He won't wow anyone on the stat sheet and therefore he's hard to love in fantasy basketball. His 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples on decent shooting from the floor was good for just 297th in 9-category formats. He did have good stretches and was an acceptable daily play on the right night, but getting into an everyday streamer role is tough in a crowded wing situation in Denver.
July 9, 2020, 8:46 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Denver Nuggets
Keita Bates-Diop played sparingly for the Nuggets in 2019 as one of the many pieces involved in the four-team deadline trade and finished on the fringes of the top-300 for fantasy purposes.
Bates-Diop got shuffled into the deck in a crowded Nuggets organization. He was limited to two games with his new club and just 9.5 minutes when he did appear. He spent time in the G-League after joining the Nuggets and on the season he appeared in 39 games, mainly as an injury replacement, and provided 17.1 minutes of 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 defensive counters, 0.8 triples and some needed energy. Bates-Diop has some potential in the right situation to be a streamer and we'll have to see whether he makes an impact during the NBA restart and if he will be able to crack the rotation in the upcoming season as well.
July 9, 2020, 8:16 pmNoah VonlehPF, Denver Nuggets
Noah Vonleh mainly rode the bench for the Nuggets, appearing in only four games after being acquired at the deadline in the large four-team trade that sent Malik Beasley to the Timberwolves.
Vonleh had a decent season in New York in 2018-19 as a perfectly reasonable streamer just outside the top-150. In 33 games this season split between Minnesota and Denver, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 defensive counters in 11 minutes per game. The Nuggets aren't the team to be on to try to get depth minutes in a crowded rotation so if there's any hope for Vonleh to be a streamer again, it'll be on a different team.
July 9, 2020, 8:06 pmPJ DozierPG, Denver Nuggets
PJ Dozier had a forgettable stint in Denver, with 21 mostly lackluster appearances, but will be at the end of the bench during the Nuggets' restart campaign on a full NBA deal.
Dozier played just 11.1 minutes per contest while shuttling back and forth between the NBA and the G-League. In 21 games, he scored 4.1 points and added 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists with minimal contributions elsewhere. The outlook for Dozier on this team are less than sunny unless there's an injury crisis in front of him. Otherwise, he'll be off fantasy radars as he was in this abbreviated stint outside the top-400.
July 9, 2020, 8:03 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. averaged 7.5 points, 0.8 3s, .4.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks on .495 shooting in 48 games for 263/249 value in 8/9-cat leagues.
Porter Jr. had some huge games and amazing highlight reel stretches which had fantasy owners clamoring to scoop him on the waiver wire several times this season. The game tape shows a rookie who is extremely raw, but has an uncanny knack for making plays on both ends of the floor. It's way too hard to trust MPJ given his injury history (hip injury in college and back surgery last year), but he'll be a juicy "sleeper" pick next year for all of the reasons above. For now, it's too hard to peg his actual value with all the moving parts the Nuggets have.