The Toronto Raptors have tons of talent on their team, but for this season there were some specific players who had a major impact on the court and thats what helped the Raptors get one of the best records in the league when the season was put on pause.
The Toronto Raptors have a very deep team this year with tons of help all over the lineup and it has shown this season with the record they have.
The team has so much talent that there were a handful of players who had a major impact on the floor this year.
The team has their leader in Kyle Lowry but other than him other guys stepped up in big ways and led themselves too.
5. Marc Gasol - 35 years old - C
2019-20 stats - 36 GP - 7.6 PPG - 6.3 RPG - 3.4 APG - .419 FG% - .402 3P% - .722 FT%
At my number five spot I have "Big Spain" Marc Gasol, and to many Gasol may not be that important because he doesn't put up big offensive numbers but he can give you a big night on the offensive side once in a while.
Gasol was traded from Memphis to Toronto during the 2019 NBA trade deadline in the big deal that saw Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a 2024 second round pick go to Memphis. For the Raptors that might of seemed like a lot to give up for a player in his mid 30s, but it was worth it and we know why. Gasol has made himself one of, if not the best defensive big man in the league throughout his career and that's what helps this Toronto Raptors team the most.
Like I said Marc Gasol won't put up big offensive numbers but he will still produce but always provide elite defending, and thats what he provided this season being the Toronto Raptors best defender at the moment. (Stats from NBA.com)
4. Fred VanVleet - 26 years old - PG/SG
2019-20 stats - 48 GP - 17.6 PPG - 3.8 RPG - 6.6 APG - .409 FG% - .388 3P% - .843 FT%
At my number four spot I have Fred VanVleet and what a big step he has taken in his young career in the last year ever since the birth of his son. Fred has taken a big step in his production this year compared to last year, as well as being in a bigger role due to countless injuries on the team he got to see big minutes as a starting point guard and or shooting guard with Kyle Lowry in the lineup.
The reason why he was so impactful this season is his capability to produce at a consistent rate, as we know he is now averaging 17.6 PPG this season compared to last years 11.0 PPG and that was a huge part of playing more minutes and playing in bigger situations.
When someone stepped out of the lineup due to injury he produced, although Vanvleet also got injured multiple times this season and that didn't allow him to finish the incredible season he was having. (Stats from NBA.com)
3. Norman Powell - 26 years old - SF/SG
2019-20 stats - 44 GP - 16.4 PPG - 3.7 RPG - 1.8 APG - .502 FG% - .398 3P% - .838 FT%
At my number three spot I have Norman Powell, man what an up and down year for Norman Powell. For starters as we all know this was Norman Powell's breakout year and unfortunately it was cut short multiple times due to injuries and ultimately COVID-19 in the beginning of March.
Powell's impact on the floor was tremendous throughout this season when he was healthy, not only was he setting career high averages in points but also in minutes per game, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and his field goal percentage too.
Nothing but amazing work on the floor from Norman Powell this season, it felt like every time he was getting hot on the court he went out with an injury but when he returns it's like he never left and produced at the same rate from before his injury. If the NBA comes back for playoffs this year, Norman Powell will be such an important piece for this Toronto Raptors team if they want to go deep again. (Stats from NBA.com)
2. Serge Ibaka - 30 years old - PF/C
2019-20 stats - 50 GP - 16.0 PPG - 8.3 RPG - 1.5 APG - .518 FG% - .398 3P% - .748 FT%
At my number two spot I have the Ma Fuzzy Chef aka "I do art", Serge Ibaka. Now I don't know if a lot of people know this but Serge Ibaka is playing the best basketball of his career this season, yes he is literally playing the best basketball of his career out of the 11 seasons he's played in.
Serge Ibaka is clearly like fine wine, he is getting better with age and that's how it's been for the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, but let's just focus on this specific season. Serge is currently averaging career highs in points, assists, his second best average of rebounding in his career, and he tied his career high average in 3P% from back in 2016/17.
Ibaka's impact on the court is nothing short of amazing, his leadership and his tenacity is top notch and that is what led him to have a career year as well as helping lead the Toronto Raptors to an amazing 46-18 record at the time of the pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Stats from NBA.com)
1. Kyle Lowry - 34 years old - PG
2019-20 stats - 52 GP - 19.7 PPG - 4.8 RPG - 7.7 APG - .417 FG% - .354 3P% - .861 FT%
Finally at my number one spot I have arguably the greatest Toronto Raptor of all-time, Kyle Lowry. Kyle may have not played in every game this season but neither did the other four players on this list because they were all out with an injury at one point during the season.
Kyle Lowry has always been such an impactful player on the court for the Toronto Raptors especially this season and obviously last season when they won the championship. Just like Serge Ibaka, his leadership and tenacity is very noticeable and that is a very good thing around a team trying to contend again as well as a team with some young guys that are the future of the team and Kyle is showing them how to lead. Lowry is known as a bulldog because of his aggressiveness and like I said leadership and tenacity, he puts it out all on the floor and he wants to be a winner and he truly is a champion.
Kyle Lowry is also averaging his highest PPG since the 2016-17 season when he averaged 22.4 PPG, with Lowry contributing at a level like this this just shows that he is like Ibaka, aging like fine wine as the older they get the better they get too. (Stats from NBA.com)
Who are some Toronto Raptors that you think had an impactful season this year?