The Toronto Raptors have once again been on top form this season, sitting second in the Eastern Conference. Which three players are having career years?
As the reigning champions of the NBA, the Toronto Raptors were on course for another strong season. Sitting second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 46-18, the Raptors had already secured a spot in the playoffs and were on course for yet another 50-plus win season.
Even without the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the Raptors are still the most dominating teams in the NBA. They are home to the league’s second-best defense and one of the brightest young cores.
No matter who steps on the court for Nick Nurse, they’ll do a job. That’s the modus operandi for this team. There aren’t many other teams who have suffered the number of injuries that the Raptors have dealt with this season. Everyone from Kyle Lowry to Patrick McCaw has missed significant time, but the winning remains.
In the absence of so many players at so many different times, the Raptors have had a number of different combinations on the court, and that has given way to multiple players stepping up in ways that they haven’t been able to before.
The result has been career-years across the board. Fred VanVleet has stepped into a full-time starting role seamlessly, while Pascal Siakam has made the jump from the NBA’s Most Improved Player to a bonafide star, but who else has made the jump this year?
From top to bottom, which three players delivered career-years in the 2019-20 NBA season?