Apr 12, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (left) receives the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award from executive vice president of basketball operations Ed Stefanski prior to a game against the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Julyan Stone - Raptor or not?

The enthralling saga of the Toronto Raptors’ attempt to sign underrated (perhaps with good reason) point guard Julyan Stone has hit a snag. His fitness level has been called into question. I don’t know if that means his body fat content is too high, or if he has a previously undetected injury, or what. If anyone in Rapture Nation has good data as to what went wrong on the way to the altar, and can pass it along in the Comments, please do. You’ll earn a h/t in my next post.

To add to the confusion, Stone is listed on the Summer League roster, and dressed but received no minutes in last night’s win against San Antonio.


I’m making the decision that the hiring of a few more suits is of minimal interest to our readers. Suffice it to say that Masai Ujiri has fleshed out his executive team.


I watched a chunk of the Raptors’ Summer League opener against the Miami Heat. It was multiple levels of ugly, particularly when Jonas Valanciunas wasn’t on the floor, which was most of the second half. The only diamond in the rough for the good guys was Chris Wright, who displayed some nice moves going to the hoop. However, when you’re fouled, you need to hit the shots, big guy. Micah Downs, out of Gonzaga, is supposed to be a shooter. Maybe so, and a one-game sample doesn’t mean much, but geez louise, can’t you hit any? The third quarter was especially putrid, as the Raps wannabees managed 8 points.

I haven’t seen the replay of the San Antonio victory, but I’ll offer some thoughts when I do.


Here’s hoping your summer is going well.



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