Toronto Raptors: Statistical projections for 2019 starters

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Shooting Guard: Norman Powell

Statistical Projections: 15 PPG, 3 APG, 2 RPG, 1 SPG, 53% EFG

This is the year where many expect Norman Powell to make the leap. With Danny Green signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, he’ll have the opportunity to showcase his full potential. With his offensive skillset, Powell could become the team’s second scoring option behind Siakam.

Powell has primarily come off the bench up to this point in his career due to his inconsistency. As the starter, he should get more shot attempts which should result in more buckets. His balanced offensive game will keep defenses guessing, as he can penetrate the paint or shoot the 3-ball. Toronto is hoping that his role as a starter will decrease some of the consistency issues he’s struggled from in the past.

Powell had an effective field goal percentage of 56.8 last season, which was above league average. However, with him getting more shot attempts, that percentage is likely to dip. Players efficiency typically drops off with increased usage, that’s a trade-off the Raptors will be willing to take.

He isn’t known for his playmaking, but expect some improvement in that area of his game. As Powell handles the ball more and receives more defensive attention, an increase in assists will be necessary to open up the rest of the floor.

Stats won’t tell the entire story for Powell defensively. He provides great effort and can provide stifling defense when he wants to. He should still average about a steal a game as a result, however, if there was a stat for energy on defense, Powell would be a league leader.

There are big expectations for Norman Powell coming into this season. If he can produce on offense and continue to give energy and effort on defense, he will be a great addition to the starting lineup. The big question is if he can be consistent for all 82.