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Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeRozan has improved his conditioning, and is working on being a better passer and attacking with his off hand, the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat reports.
Impact: This is kind of a typical training camp report, where the reporter talks about what a player is working on and what kind of shape he's in. DeRozan said he could probably play a 40-minute game now, although he played 40-plus minutes on 24 occasions last season, so that's not really news. He was also proud of the fact that he was improving with using his left hand, which, in addition to being a skill basketball players work on in grade school, is much easier to execute in practice than in games. However, a lot of the underlying comments from DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Dwane Casey suggest that the franchise shooting guard may be ready to take another step forward this season, building upon his All-Star season from a year ago. Basically all of DeRozan's counting stats have improved over the past two seasons, including minutes, so it remains to be seen if he can be noticeably more valuable than he was last season when he averaged 38.2 minutes per game. Few players have as high of a floor in fantasy as DeRozan because of that high-end playing time, and, if he can be a better passer and a better attacker if he can go to the bucket with either hand, he could be an even better value on draft day.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nogueira (groin) was limited in Tuesday's practice, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports.
Impact: The Brazilian rookie is dealing with a minor groin injury and should be back in the fold within the next few days. He's expected to see a heavy workload during the preseason as the Raptors evaluate what, exactly, he may bring to the table this season.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caboclo (calf) practiced in full Tuesday, TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports.
Impact: Caboclo was expected to be limited at the start of camp with a pulled calf muscle but felt well enough Tuesday to take the court. He'll continue to be monitored on a day-to-day basis, but the injury looks like a non-issue at this point.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson underwent biomechanical testing this offseason to determine if there was any way to avoid the ankle injuries that have plagued him recently, the Toronto Sun reports. "They broke it down. They stuck light bulbs on me, they have something where you can see your skeleton, the way you jump, run and move," Johnson said. "They see the way I jump, the way I land. What I do in the game. It could be something as little as the way I turn my foot inward when I slide and it just saves me from rolling my ankle. I've been doing that pretty much all summer."
Impact: Johnson's fantasy upside is limited by his complementary role in the Raptors' offense but if he can stay mostly healthy for once, rather than playing through nagging injuries, he might be able to improve slightly on his previous career highs of 10.4 PPG and 7.5 RPG.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lowry didn't take it easy after signing the first big free agent contract of his career this offseason, and has reported to training camp in great shape, the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: There were concerns in some circles that Lowry might go soft after cashing in, but the point guard laughed at the idea. "The worst thing is getting yourself out of shape and trying to get back in shape. Those people who thought I would do that, they're idiots. People that expected me to come back in shape, they're smart," he said. "Me, I like to work, I like to actually put work in, it's fun. I mean, this is my job." If he can stay healthy, Lowry figures to turn in another strong performance as the leader of a resurgent young Raptors' roster.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valanciunas will get more touches early in games this season according to Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Sun reports. "We have to start games off (feeding Valanciunas in the post), we need him, we're going to put some pressure on him to score the ball for us," Lowry said. "We can't just do all guard-oriented types of things. We have to make sure he's more involved and have to put a little pressure on him to score the ball."
Impact: Valanciunas heads into his third NBA season having led the World Cup in field goal percentage for fourth place Lithuania, as well as getting in extensive offseason work with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, so there's certainly reason to believe he'll be able to improve on last year's 11.3 PPG. The Raptors' offense will still run through Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, however, so don't look for a huge scoring jump from the young center.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caboclo (calf) will be limited to begin training camp, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: The rookie pulled a calf muscle recently and will be limited as camp begins. The injury is not expected to hamper him in the long-term, however.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stiemsma will be in a training camp battle with Jordan Hamilton and Will Cherry for the final spot on the Raptors' roster, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The Raptors uncharacteristically have plenty of depth at center, but Stiemsma's ability to defend the paint (1.2 blocks per game in his career despite averaging just 16.0 minutes) could give him a leg up in the competition.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton will be in a training camp battle with Will Cherry and Greg Stiemsma for the final spot on the Raptors' roster, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Hamilton might be the best fit of the three from a roster construction perspective, but he'll also need to prove he can buy into coach Dwane Casey's defensive system at least a little if he's going to get serious consideration.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cherry will be in a training camp battle with Jordan Hamilton and Greg Stiemsma for the final spot on the Raptors' roster, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The Raptors have three experienced point guards already in Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and Louis Williams, so Cherry will probably have to significantly outperform his competition to stick with Toronto.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nogueira is expected to get a heavy workload during the Raptors' preseason schedule as he heads into his rookie season, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The young Brazilian center is still seen by the Raptors' front office as a bit of a project, and will be buried on the depth chart behind Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and others when the season begins, so the club plans to give him all the minutes he can handle during the preseason. If Nogueira shows more polish than expected though, his ability as a shot-blocker could allow him to carve out a bench role as the season progresses.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caboclo is expected to get a heavy workload during the Raptors' preseason schedule as he heads into his rookie season, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Minutes will be hard to come by for the Brazilian phenom once the games start to count, so the Raptors' front office wants Caboclo to see as much action as he can handle in the preseason. In the short term Caboclo's fantasy value will be close to nil, but the sooner he can fill out his six-foot-nine frame and start to hone his skills, the quicker he'll be able to make a real contribution for the Raps.