The Toronto Raptors’ rebounding numbers have been worth monitoring so far this season. Which three players could change their rebounding fortunes?
If you have been tracking the Toronto Raptors season so far, you’ll know they are performing pretty well. Despite the injuries, the Raptors are 25-13 through at, near enough, the midway point of the season. Sitting in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors are pushing for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
That could all change, though. The Philadelphia 76ers are only half a game behind the Toronto Raptors and are still piecing everything together, although that might not materialise. Either way, the Eastern Conference is packed and the Raptors are just one of those teams vying for a high seed for when the playoffs roll around.
Before the playoffs, there is the not so simple matter of the trade deadline to navigate through. A time where contenders look to plug gaps, improve their team, and bring in players who can help the team take their game to the next level.
Last year, the Raptors made a splash at the trade deadline; trading for former Defensive Player of the Year, Marc Gasol. By acquiring Gasol, the Raptors were able to improve their three-point shooting, assist numbers, and interior defense. Oh, and they also went on to win a title. Gasol was the final piece of the puzzle for Nick Nurse.
This season, the Raptors might be looking to improve their rebounding numbers. Which, at the moment, have actually improved. Over the last five games, the Toronto Raptors are in the top five for offensive rebound percentage, but still, rank second-last in the NBA for opponents offensive rebounds per game.
There’s still scope for the Raptors to improve on the glass, and the talent is out there if they wish to make a move. We have three players in mind who can help the Raptors on the glass, but who are they?