Fred VanVleet set a brand new NBA report just lately, and his Raptors facet have seemingly turned their fortunes round after a sluggish begin. Can Toronto sustain their current type and make a push for the playoffs? Simply how far can they go if VanVleet retains producing the products?
Outsiders This 12 months
It’s arguably a bit too late for the Raptors to make any form of run this season to place themselves within the combine alongside the likes of the Lakers, Nets, Clippers and the Bucks. They appear to be the 4 standout sides this 12 months. Nonetheless, we’ve seen groups have lengthy streaks earlier than, so why not once more this 12 months?
Though they’ve been taking part in effectively just lately, Toronto’s odds of successful the NBA Championship recommend that they’re simply taking part in for pleasure till subsequent 12 months. They’re priced at odds of round +6500 with among the high sportsbooks for sports activities betting in Canada reminiscent of bet365 and William Hill. In distinction, the sensible cash seems to be to be on the Lakers or the Nets at +250 and +500 respective with main sportsbook bet365.
Franchise File for VanVleet
Fred VanVleet added two new data to his resume just lately when Toronto earned a 123-108 victory on the Orlando Magic. His first report of the season was when he signed the largest contract for an undrafted free agent. This was an NBA report at $85 million over 4 years.
In opposition to Orlando, he scored an astounding 54 factors, essentially the most ever in NBA historical past by an undrafted participant. He additionally eclipsed DeMar DeRozan’s single-game franchise report of 52 factors. He was over the moon to assert the report:
“Unbelievable. I’m very humbled and honored to be in the identical sentence as each of these guys,” stated VanVleet. “Only a particular evening, clearly, quite a lot of completely different ranges,” he stated. “So simply making an attempt to get pleasure from it for now, however it’s not a championship or something like that. It was recreation for me, and I’ll get pleasure from all of the love for a pair hours and prepare for the following one.”
He completed the sport with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks in 37 minutes. With a report of 17 for 23 from the sector, 9 for 9 from the foul line, and 11 for 14 from the three-point line, it was an evening to recollect for the Raptors guard.
It’s been some time since Toronto skilled such pleasure in a recreation – a second that may actually carry them collectively as a crew. Maybe VanVleet’s record-breaking evening could possibly be their spark to complete the season effectively.
Yuta Watanabe Turning Heads
Fred VanVleet will be the one getting all of the accolades in the meanwhile, however first-year Raptor Yuta Watanabe is having fun with his time in Canada as solely the third Japanese participant to ever play within the NBA. He joined fan’s favorite Rui Hachimura on the roster and is beginning to put some nice performances collectively. Now a task mannequin for these in his dwelling nation the place basketball continues to be rising, Watanabe needs to proceed to be a optimistic affect:
“I feel that helps basketball in Japan loads,” Watanabe stated in January about he and Hachimura’s affect on the perfect sport on this planet.
“I hope quite a lot of children will play within the NBA…similar to me and Rui. I feel that is nice for us. I nonetheless need to do a greater job. I imply, clearly Rui’s been nice. I feel I can do a greater job. Extra folks will watch basketball after which basketball will get greater. I’ve bought quite a lot of work to do.”
It stays to be seen simply how the Raptors will fare come the tip of the marketing campaign, however VanVLeet and Watanabe can each have an enormous say on the way it goes down. Nonetheless, the title could effectively find yourself in LA or New York this time round. Can the Lakers win one other title in reminiscence of Kobe Bryant or will the Brooklyn Nets and James Harden declare their first-ever NBA Championship?