The Raptors aren’t having the perfect of seasons, to place it mildly. By way of the Toronto Solar:
Issues are dire in Raptor-land. It’s going to take a miracle for them to get again into the center of the convention and there have been no indicators one is coming. They’re going to must be wonderful to even get to seventh or eight within the East (which might imply they’d solely must win one play-in sport to qualify for the playoffs, as an alternative of the 9-10 groups, which must win two). Lengthy-term there’s no query it could be extra useful to nab a Prime-10 decide, ideally a Prime-5 prospect in what’s believed to be a fairly good. And the veterans are battered and exhausted and may benefit from a lower-stress end/relaxation down the stretch (though it’s arduous to see Kyle Lowry agreeing to a shut-down or an ease-down, since he’s reportedly attempting to land a brand new two-year contract for vital cash and must show he’s nonetheless elite and sturdy at 35. Fred VanVleet is third in minutes-per-game, and thirteenth in general minutes regardless of lacking some video games whereas within the protocols. His foot scare in opposition to Detroit needed to have despatched shockwaves by means of the group and perhaps have them questioning what they’re doing right here and the way a lot sense it makes.
The Raptors are simply 18-29 this season, which is the eleventh finest file within the Japanese convention.
Their main scorers to date in 2020-21 are Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakim every at 20.1 factors per sport, Kyle Lowry at 17.0 ppg, OG Anunoby at 14.7 ppg, and Chris Boucher off the bench at 13.4 ppg
They just lately traded Norman Powell, who was the staff’s third main scorer at 19.6 ppg, for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.