Toronto Raptors: 100 most important facts before the season starts

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Random roster figures

62. Three players on the Raptors roster finished with a PIPM (an advanced metric designed to show overall impact) in the top 30 last year.  That’s tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the most in the conference.

63. The Raptors’ top-five offensive rebounders (in terms of OREB%) relative to their position last season were Delon Wright, Greg Monroe, OG Anunoby, Kawhi Leonard, and Jonas Valanciunas. Four of those five players are no longer on the team.

64. The Raptors have the 12th oldest team in the NBA according to average age according to

65. The Raptors have the 5th shortest team in the NBA according to average height, according to

66. No one on the Raptors scored more than 17 points per game last season

Nurse and rotation numbers

67. During the regular season, Gasol and Ibaka spent just 31 minutes on the court together total.

68. During the postseason, Gasol and Ibaka spent 108 minutes on the court together.

69. Last season Pascal Siakam spent 0-percent of his minutes at small forward. The year before he spent 1-percent of his minutes there. Nick Nurse claims he’ll play some small forward this season. Believe it when you actually see it.

70. Percent time spent at SF for Norman Powell over the years: 9-percent, 21-percent, 25-percent, 37-percent. Although he’s just 6-foot-4, it doesn’t appear as Norman Powell is a traditional two-guard by any means.

71. Nurse is one of nine coaches to win a title in his first year as a coach.

72. He’s the third to do it since 1982.

73. He’s also the third to do it since 2015.

74. Toronto actually played faster (relative to the rest of the league) in Casey’s last year than in Nick Nurse’s first year.