The team base will be out for at least two weeks, missing at least the games against Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic, while the player of the Selection of Spain still does not have a defined term for his return
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In a team as short as Toronto, which lost Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Delon Wright in the last recess, coach Nick Nurse should start try the new built-in parts in this season, all of them young players while escort Norman Powell will surely leave his sixth man role during the next matches to take ownership.
Toronto is the only team in which four players (Siakam, Lowry, Fred Van Vleet and OG Anunoby) average more than 34 minutes per game: the four are among the 30 players in the NBA with more minutes played so far, in an eight-player rotation that looks more like Playoffs than regular season. This has its explanation: the rest of the Raptors squad is made up of very young players With little experience in the NBA, one injured (Patrick McCaw was operated on the left knee) and two newcomers (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson).
Free rein for Freddo
As was part of the 2018-2019 campaign, in which Lowry missed 17 regular season games, Fred VanVleet will be responsible for putting together the Raptors game without the presence of his captain. FVV was already being fundamental this season, with 15.1 points and 7.4 assists per game and almost a 40% in triples (six attempts per game) at 37.3 minutes per night (the second player that plays the most in the entire NBA), 10 more than last year, but with the same use of the ball last season and sharing the court with Lowry almost all the time. Now you will share some responsibilities with an incredible Siakam to which we see more and more raise the ball.
The possible variants of Nurse
In addition to increasing the minutes of a known as Norman Powell, which is not having a good start in 2019-2020, and giving it some more place to Marc Gasol in the game of the painted area to cover the 23 minutes Ibaka gave him, Nick Nurse must experiment during the month of November.
The options are several: in the inner game it will surely be Chris Boucher's moment, 26-year-old pivot wing that had a marginal presence in the 2019 title (26 regular season games and two Playoffs, playing "junk" minutes) but comes from being the last MVP and best defensive player in the G-League, with 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 caps per game Toronto is one of the teams that best leverages its development team, the Raptors 905, where VanVleet and Siakam grew up, so it would not be too surprising that they find another important player in this way.
3 Raptors clips from last night's win over the Pelicans:
Chris Boucher is about to get a lot more time. One thing he brings to the game is INCREDIBLE effort. Here are two plays within a minute where Boucher's effort creates / erases points. pic.twitter.com/kT4SCWnLwh
– Mike Bossetti (@mikebosports) November 9, 2019
They can also give minutes as a pivot wing to another defensive specialist, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a lower player but a little heavier (Boucher doesn't seem to have the ideal physical build for the NBA) and experienced (He is a year younger than Boucher but is already in his fifth NBA season after 234 games in Brooklyn Nets, with 23.5 minutes on average and experience in the last postseason).
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At the base, in addition to VanVleet Toronto does not have another classic "1", but Powell can carry the ball for a few minutes as well as the rookie Terence davis, a 22-year-old player who averages 8.8 minutes in these 8 games and reached the NBA after not being chosen in the last Draft. Davis served as an escort during his time at the NCAA, but at 1.93 meters tall he must make the transition to the base post.
The other rookie is Matt Thomas, a 25-year-old escort with a sensational three point shot (48% in triples in the last ACB League and 6/10 in this beginning of the NBA season) that is making its premiere in the best league in the world after one season in the Obradoiro and another in Valencia, two Spanish teams.
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