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The Future of the Toronto Raptors

November 2, 2021

 Toronto Raptors are off to a great start in the 2021-2022 season thanks to the amazing performances of rookie, Scottie Barnes. 

Barnes is currently averaging 18.1 points per game (most among rookies in the NBA) alongside 8.9 rebounds per game. Scottie is an offensive and defensive talent with many similarities to Demar Derozan.

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The Raptors are currently the sixth seed team with a record of 5-3 in the eastern conference. 

 

In the 2021 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors selected Scott Barnes, a 6’6 small forward from Florida.

 

Many fans questioned the Raptors executive team for not selecting Jalen Suggs who was projected as a top three player in the draft.

Many fans thought this was a gamble. 

Looking at this now, Scottie Barnes is currently the top rookie in the NBA averaging nearly 20 points a game while Jalen Suggs is a top ten rookie averaging 13.0 points per game. 

 

After the loss of future Hall of Famer “Kyle Lowry”, many thought that the Toronto Raptors were no longer championship contenders or barely even a playoff bound team. While Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Fred Vanvleet are great players, they lack the experience that players like Kyle Lowry, Demar Derozan, and Kawhi Leonard had.

 

With the addition of Scottie Barnes, the Raptors may have acquired the offensive talent they needed. A rookie who can average 18.1 points per game in his first seven games is undoubtedly a potential all star in the making. 

 

I thought it was over after we lost Lowry. OG and Scottie are actually pretty good though. We actually have a chance at winning this year.”

— Raptors fan, Anogen Vaseeharan

 

No other first-year Raptor has ever averaged at least 18 points and eight rebounds on 55 per cent shooting over a full season.

 

The only other NBA player who has done this is NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal!

Shaquille O’Neal in his rookie season (1992)

With the slow start of super teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, this NBA season is proving to be an unpredictable one. 

They say that “slow and steady wins the race”. 

 

The Toronto Raptors have a chance of proving themselves as a playoff bound team. With a roster of young players who have yet to prove themselves, the Toronto Raptors could end the season anywhere from the bottom of the NBA, to nearly the top of the eastern conference. 

 

Let’s keep our spirits high Raptors fans. Remember,

🚨 WE THE NORTH!🚨

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