RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for March 2, 2012



A little late on the links today but hopefully you're like me, and chowing down now.

The Toronto Raptors face the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, and for a look at the game from the Grizz side of the ball, SB Nation's "Straight Outta Vancouver" gives their take.

One player to keep an eye on tonight is DeMar DeRozan, who's showing signs of perhaps making up for his horrific start to the season. He's the key player featured for the Raps in Dimemag.com's 5 Burning Questions: The Atlantic Division.

A question that is no longer burning? Will Wilson Chandler join the Toronto Raptors. Chandler did not sign an offer sheet, and so now will re-join the Denver Nuggets or sit until 2012-13.

A look at the big picture for the Toronto Raptors has Raptorblog's Scott Carefoot wondering about Bryan Colangelo's future with the team, although he's much more bullish on BC's long-term prospects now.

One of the reasons why is the play of last year's top pick Jonas Valanciunas, who in a recent ESPN.com chat, was projected to be the number two overall pick by Chad Ford, had Big Val come out in this year's draft class.

Outside of Raptors news, a few things worth noting, including a look at some more top NCAA prospects in the Big 12 via "NBA Draft Toolbox," including Canadian point guard Myck Kabongo, and the Sportsguy, Bill Simmons, sitting down to talk with none other than President Barack Obama.

Finally, lots of good stuff coming out of Boston this weekend where the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) is in effect. Sports Illustrated's Zack Lowe confirmed to me this morning that the Raptors have a delegate there and it's...

...Jay Triano!

No word on what capacity Triano is attending in, but encouraging to see someone from the team taking it in.

For a full look at the various research papers being presented, click here.

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