With no Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green for the Toronto Raptors heading into the 2019-20 season they needed some guys to have that next man up mentality, and a handful defiantly did and they exceeded expectations.
The Toronto Raptors are well known for having a deep team for a couple of seasons now, and after losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green people were questioning who would fill their spots.
Well safe to say they have their answer now after watching the Toronto Raptors 2019-20 season and what seeing what players exceeded expectations coming into this season.
With having that next man up mentality and having another year of growth in the NBA lets take a look at some players who exceeded expectations.
3. OG Anunoby - SF/PF - 22 years old
At my number three spot, I have OG Anunoby, and what a season he was having before it came to a complete halt. OG's season this year compared to last year was a huge boost as he set a new season-high for points, rebounds, assists, and steals.
2019-20 stats - 63 GP - 10.7 PPG - 5.4 RPG - 1.6 APG - .507 FG% - .381 3P% - .686% FT
OG Anunoby has also brought his defensive game to a new level this season as he improved defensively as well. On top of being great defensively and setting new season highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals its safe to say he exceeded expectations this season. With his stellar defense, OG Anunoby has a strong case of being the Toronto Raptors defensive player of the year) on the team (Stats from NBA.com).
Some people were wondering if Anunoby would replace Kawhi as the starting small forward or if the team would just go out and bring in a new starting small forward, but he certainly took the role as he started in 62 of the 63 games, and really solidified himself as a young star who has lots of potential. Being 22 and only three years in the NBA it's safe to say he has a bright future ahead of himself.
2. Terence Davis - SG - 22 years old
At my number two spot, I have snubbed Rising Star, Terence Davis. Boy, what a player Terence Davis is and what an impact he brings off the bench for this Toronto Raptors team. Davis is an undrafted 22-year-old shooting guard out of the University of Mississippi and thank you Masai for signing him to a two-year deal.
2019-20 stats - 64 GP - 7.7 PPG - 3.4 RPG - 1.7 APG - .463 FG% - .396 3P% - .865 FT%
No one really knew what they were going to get with Terence Davis as this was his first year in the NBA and as we all know he was undrafted. However, he has taken the NBA rookies by storm as well as the Toronto Raptors by storm by showcasing his abilities and his potential at such a young age of 22.
Averaging 17 minutes a night Davis has had some big nights during his rookie season, especially when the team went down with some injuries Davis stepped up and set career highs almost every other night it seemed. Here are some of those games just to name a few...
Jan 8, 2020 @ CHA (23 PTS / 11 RB / 5 A)
Feb 2, 2020 vs CHI (31 PTS / 4 RB / 1 A)
Feb 8, 2020 vs BKN (20 PTS / 8 RB / 1 A) (Stats from NBA.com)
1. Norman Powell - SF/SG - 26 years old
Finally at my number one spot I have Norman Powell, and wow... just wow. It was kind of a weird season for Powell in a sense that he was having a terrific year maybe even an MIP type of year (most improved player), but injuries struck Powell multiple times this season and it was a heart breaker.
2019-20 stats - 44 GP - 16.4 PPG - 3.6 RPG - 1.8 APG - .502 FG% - .398 3P% - .838 FT%
Powell was having himself a career year in every major statistical category except one, however injuries kept slowing him down. A lot of people, myself included were always wondering when Norman Powell would have his breakout year and emerge himself as a talented player in the league. Well that year was this year however it was cut short multiple times. (Stats from NBA.com)
Norman Powell was always known for his role off the bench for this team but with the Toronto Raptors hit by countless injuries this season everyone had a different role at one time or another throughout the season. It looked like the more minutes you gave Powell the more you will get out of him, with him averaging 16.4 PPG / 3.6 RPG / 1.8 APG this season that is a huge sign of growth and development from last year where he averaged 8.6 PPG / 2.3 RPG / 1.5 APG.
Who do you think had a fantastic 2019-20 season and exceeded their expectations?