The Raptor Report: The Miraculous Masai
The Miraculous Masai: Decisions, Decisions
A leader is a dealer in hope.French General – Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
President of Basketball Operations, Masai Ujiri, came to the Toronto Raptors and brought hope. Masai started off as General Manager, in 2014, with the Raptors organization. He instantly brought hope, when he got rid of Andrea Bargnani for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a first-round pick, and two second-round picks. This was a miraculous move by Masai and it didn’t stop there. The Raptors continued to struggle in 2014, during the Rudy Gay era, but Masai did it again. Toronto sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, and started their roster overhaul.
The Raptors never looked back and improved in every area statistically. Toronto finished 4th in the Eastern Conference in Masai’s first year as General Manager. In the summer of 2018, Bobby Webster, became the GM of the Raptors and Masai became the President of Basketball Operations. We all know the level of success Masai brings to the Raptors Organization, as we are still the 2019 reigning NBA CHAMPIONS.
Diamonds in the Rough
Pressure creates diamonds and fire refines gold.Trip Lee
Many on the current Raptors roster have been sought out and found by Masai. The rest of the NBA didn’t see the value and potential of most players on the Raptors roster. One of the best stories in the NBA is Fred VanVleet, an undrafted player from Rockford, Illinois. NBA executives saw an undersized point guard. Masai saw a determined kid who has all the skills and potential to be a valuable player in the NBA. Fred VanVleet has shown the world that he is betting on himself and has become an extremely valuable starter for the Raptors.
Our Toronto Raptors: Hand Picked by the Miraculous Masai
- Kyle Lowry was viewed as a bad locker room player, who had already reached his ceiling.
- Fred VanVleet undrafted.
- Terrence Davis undrafted.
- Pascal Siakim is a kid from Cameroon who started playing basketball less then a decade ago.
- Serge Ibaka viewed as a bad shooter, that can only block shots, and on the decline.
- The Canadian boy Chris Boucher was stuck in the G-League.
- OG Anunoby had a bad knee injury in college and no one wanted to take a chance on him in the lottery. If he finished college healthy, the Raptors would not have got him with the 23rd pick.
- Matt Thomas is more than just a sniper from three-point land and was found playing basketball overseas.
- Patrick McCaw was the 38th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks and bounced around the league until Masai signed him.
- Norman Powell was drafted 46th overall also by the Milwaukee Bucks and was traded to the Raptors for Greivis Vásquez.
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was viewed as reaching his peak and was a low value free agent.
- Coach Nick Nurse went from coaching in Britain, to the G-League, and then to be the Assistant Coach of Dwayne Casey.
The Miraculous Masai knew better.
You Will Eat the Fruit of Your Labour
The Miraculous Masai has created a successful, healthy, and growing organization. The Toronto Raptors have made it in the top 10 most valuable NBA franchises, worth 2.1 Billion dollars according to Forbes. The Raptors are still the reigning 2019 NBA Champions and have been disregarded by American media. The belief is that the Raptors are a regular-season team that will not contend with the Bucks, Celtics, Heat, and Sixers, in the playoffs. The Raptors roster already came to Toronto with a chip on one shoulder. They carry the chip of disrespect from the league & media on the other shoulder. The Vegas betting odds certainly are not in their favour and once again I say “THEY DON’T CARE.” Their focus is bringing home a SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP and proving all the doubters wrong AGAIN!
Raptors are 2 Games Ahead of Last Year Raptors
My prediction was wrong (check out my last article), the Toronto Raptors were not able to sweep the season series with the Brooklyn Nets and continue their 15 game winning streak. With the week long All-Star break, most teams would be disappointed with the loss, and to have so much time off before their next game. I think it is perfect timing for the Raptors, which allows some more time for Marc Gasol & Norman Powell to get closer to a return. It also gives time for the minor lingering injuries to many of the Raptors to heal. The Raptors will return to action at home on Friday, February 21st against the struggling Phoenix Suns. The streak is something to be proud of as it is the longest winning streak among any Canadian professional sports teams.
The Raptors have one goal in mind, and that is another NBA Championship. I really believe that with the strength of their team defense, their depth, and the effectiveness of everyone on the floor as a threat to score, it makes the Raptors an elite team. They even had some great experience with the ‘small ball’ trend, when Serge Ibaka & Marc Gasol were out against one of the leagues best big men, Karl-Anthony Towns.
Pascal Siakim has developed significantly on the defensive end, especially in terms of rim protection. He is absolutely a Super-Star in the making and the sky is the limit for his potential. With a longer stretch of being healthy, Siakim will continue to get better in every aspect of his game.
The Raptor Report: An All-Star Break Hot Take
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