Something every Toronto Raptors player can work on this offseason

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TORONTO, ONTARIO – Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet has consistently improved his game since coming into the league. He has gone from an undrafted player to being in the conversation for NBA Finals MVP. The Raptors backup point guard has shown glimpses of brilliance on the court and hopes to capture that level of play more consistently.

VanVleet can be dribble-happy at times, pounding the air out of the rock in an attempt to generate offense.

It would be invaluable for VanVleet to work on involving his teammates. It not only allows everyone on the floor to find their respective rhythms together but it also will result in more open looks for himself. Using strength to address a need is an excellent way to persevere.

Biggest area to work on: Ball movement

Norman Powell

Norman Powell came out of college as a two-guard and has adapted his play in the NBA as a small forward. He has done so because of his natural abilities and athleticism. That was on display in the playoffs where Powell started slowly but picked up as the team went deeper.

He is a gifted player who has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot. Unfortunately, it appears that at times, Powell forgets that he has a skill set that includes a good first step, excellent acceleration and a strong ability to finish at the rim. Instead of using his athleticism, Powell will often settle for a mid-range jumper or a three-ball. There are times where that above-the-break-three attempt should have just been a pass.

Powell, should work with his coaching staff this offseason to straighten out his decision-making. Watching back film could help provide insights as to when windows open for drives to the hoop, cutting options for a dish and when settling on a jumper is what’s best.

Biggest area to work on: Decision making