The Toronto Raptors surprised the league by maintaining their dominance even with two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard defecting to the West. This was, in part, due to veteran point guard Kyle Lowry continuing to be overlooked as one of the most effective players in the league. It’s also due to the continued growth of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.
Next season, the Raptors will need this trio to remain lethal if they’re to return to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, as their offseason was anything but ideal.
Raptors Offseason Additions
|Malachi Flynn||Draft (29th)|
|Jalen Harris||Draft (59th)|
|Yuta Watanabe||Free Agency (MEM)|
|Alize Johnson||Free Agency (IND)|
|Alex Len||Free Agency (SAC)|
|Aron Baynes||Free Agency (PHX)|
|DeAndre’ Bembry||Free Agency (ATL)|
- Aron Baynes: Aron Baynes is tough as nails and strong as (you guessed). Having developed his 3-point stroke over the last two seasons, Baynes is now a respectable stretch-big who can replace what Marc Gasol brought to the Toronto Raptors in a lot of ways.
- Alex Len: Alex Len, in contrast to Aron Baynes, is better on offense than defense. That’s going to be highly important as the Raptors try to find ways to make up for what they lost when Serge Ibaka departed for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Raptors Offseason Subtractions
|Serge Ibaka||Free Agency (LAC)|
|Marc Gasol||Free Agency (LAL)|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||Free Agency (MIN)|
|Dewan Hernandez||Free Agency|
|Malcolm Miller||Free Agency|
- Serge Ibaka: Serge Ibaka looked reinvigorated last season, averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while posting a true shooting percentage of .583. He’s going to be a hard loss for the Toronto Raptors to swallow and they failed to replace him at all this offseason.
- Marc Gasol: Marc Gasol may not have had his best season in 2019-20 but he remains a smart, savvy veteran center with above-average playmaking ability. Perhaps newcomer Aron Baynes can make it eaier for the Raptors to forget about Gasol.