The Toronto Raptors had a very good season finishing with the second-best record in the league. But there are five stats that can leave every Raptors fan disappointed.
It’s the season when nights are longer, colder, and scarier. Is there a better time to look over the scariest stats of the Toronto Raptors season from 2019-2020?
5. Toronto Raptors have 4th most man-games lost to injury
Given the Toronto Raptors had the second-best record in the whole NBA with a 53-19 record, perhaps this stat isn’t as scary as it is. The only scary thought is more the potential this team’s record could’ve been had they not lost 219 man-games due to injury.
Just to put this into perspective, the team who missed the least man-games to injury were the San Antonio Spurs at 30 games this season. Now imagine if that was the case for the Toronto Raptors? Are they now the best-seeded team in the league?
Out of 72 games this season, here’s a list of key players that missed playing time to injury.
- Pascal Siakam: 11 games missed
- Fred VanVleet: 16 games missed
- Kyle Lowry: 12 games missed
- Marc Gasol: 28 games missed
- Serge Ibaka: 13 games missed
That is a significant amount of man-games lost and could’ve been a factor why the Raptors failed to ever get a good half-court offense. There were several different starting lineups and Nick Nurse still managed to accomplish a lot with the team. This stat certainly helped Nurse’s case in winning coach of the year and put him apart from the rest.