Ranking the Toronto Raptors roster based on their current contracts

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No. 11: Norman Powell

Season Win Shares: 0.7          Current Cap-figure: $9.3 million

Norman Powell has yet to show his true value this year for the Raptors. He has dealt with a rash of injuries himself. However, when he is healthy, has failed to step-up in the absence of others.

As Lowry, Leonard, Valanciunas, and Ibaka all missed time with injuries, Powell should’ve seen an increase in playing time and production.

Instead, Powell has played only 18.2 minutes per night, scoring 7.2 points per game and contributing little in other areas. Yes, Powell has played better as of late, but his season numbers are still concerning.

Even more concerning is the $9.3 million he is owed this season, a mark that only increases in subsequent years. As the sixth-highest-paid player on the team, Powell has contributed less than nearly every player on this list, sans a couple of two-way contracts, a lottery ticket, and a large-sum bust.

Yes, Powell’s production has increased as of late, but his improved play is a result of lowering standards as much as anything else. $9.3 million should net you a low-end starter or high-end backup at minimum. Norman Powell is the team’s 9th or 10th option.

There are multiple other players in the league being paid for more – looking at you Chandler Parsons – producing less, but as far as the Raptors are concerned, their investment in Powell has yielded minimal results.

Fortunately for Powell, he is young enough to still to reverse course.