Rookie of the Year
This one is unanimous.
An undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss, Terence Davis took inspiration from Fred VanVleet and decided to bet on himself. Well, winner, winner, chicken dinner. As of now, Terence Davis remains the only Raptors player to feature in every NBA game so far this season.
That’s because he’s earned it. You could shoehorn another three or four rookies into the Raptors’ rotation and Terence Davis would still likely be the most impressive of the group. His transition into a fully-fledged NBA player has been quick, painless, and so fun to watch.
Through 42 games, he’s averaging 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 46-percent from the field, 40-percent from three, and 93-percent from the free-throw line. For all you fans of TS%, Davis is shooting at a clip of 61-percent – sixth among all rookies who have played 25 games of more this season.
While his minutes have fluctuated at times, sometimes due to Nick Nurse looking for more playmaking, or sometimes even due to him playing bad, Davis has often looked far more composed than most rookies could ever dream of.
He looks like a veteran of eight years with some of his decision-making. That’s rare. Some third or fourth-year players can’t read the game the way he does.
Line them up and pick them, Davis is obviously the Toronto Raptors Rookie of the Year at the halfway point.
WINNER: TERENCE DAVIS