When news first broke in February that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment was bidding to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, I was pretty confident in Toronto’s chances. When Tim Leiweke, who carries significant weight in NBA circles, joined MLSE and made the 2016 All-Star Game a specific target, I assumed the city had this all but locked up.

On Tuesday, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun broke this

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The image above is from a 2013-14 Raptors game ticket (Raptors season ticket packages are beginning to arrive). Note the No. 7 on Kyle Lowry. And here’s a link to the Raptors’ roster on the team’s official website. Again, note the number listed for Lowry.

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With training camp and the pre-season just weeks away, and with the Raptors unveiling their tentatively tiered pricing for every home game on the schedule (prices will eventually fluctuate based on demand), I thought now would be a good time to help fellow Raptors fans looking for the best bang for their buck this season at the Air Canada Centre.

This season, there are five tiers of pricing for regular season games: Best Value, Value, Premium, Premium+ and Super Premium. To give you an idea of the variance in price across the different tiers, I’ll use the price point my season tickets fall under (Balcony Prime 1).

In Balcony Prime 1, the face value of each tier breaks down like this:

Best Value: $36

Value: $47

Premium: $62

Premium+: $80

Super Premium: $127

That’s quite the range, with Super Premium games deemed to be more than three-and-a-half times as valuable as Best Value games.

Without further ado, here are the games I feel offer the best value for fans:

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If you’re up for a little nostalgia this weekend and want to dream/cry about the what ifs of Tracy McGrady never leaving Toronto for the umpteenth time, The Star’s Dave Feschuk posted this on Friday, filled with plenty of McGrady quotes like this:

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How’s this for a random bit of Raptors-related off-season news?

In a Tuesday evening post for, Brian Windhorst wrote that no teams are for sale as what is sure to be an insanely lucrative television deal looms for the NBA.

No big deal, right? And surely not Raptors-specific at all. But here’s a paragraph from that writeup:

Several teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, have been pulled off the market recently. The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors had also been rumored to be available.

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