The Toronto Raptors have multiple players on their team who are either all-stars already or have all-star potential. However, they also have some under the radar players who might impress us more than we think.
The Toronto Raptors have players on their team that are legit all-stars and or on the verge of becoming all-stars very, very soon.
They also have some players on their team who are more on the underrated side of things and often get overlooked because they aren’t a big name player or get enough playing time on the team.
This coming season the Toronto Raptors will have three players in particular that could have an underrated season in 2021 and it shouldn’t get overlooked at all.
3. Alex Len – 27 years old – PF/C
2019-20 stats – 55 GP – 8.0 PPG – 5.8 RPG – 0.9 APG – .555 FG% – .271 3P% – .648 FT%
Career stats – 467 GP – 8.0 PPG – 6.3 RPG – 0.8 APG – .495 FG% – .333 3P% – .690 FT%
Starting off this list at my number three spot, I have the recently signed big man from free agency, Alex Len. Now a lot of people may not know who Alex Len is and I don’t blame you guys for that. However, you should get to know who he is because he’ll be getting some minutes next season off the bench.
Len who is about to enter his eighth season in the league is also already playing with his fourth team. Hopefully, he’ll find the right fit on this team compared to teams in the past.
Now before I start, I should mention Len isn’t the best of the best obviously. But he is still a very solid addition. After losing Ibaka and Gasol, two players who added size and defense to the Raptors. With the signing of Baynes and Len — while also re-signing Boucher — it’s safe to say they quickly addressed their needs and despite it being a slight downgrade.
Len isn’t a flashy center but he’ll still contribute a decent amount on the floor while playing limited minutes off the bench. He averaged a total of 17 minutes this past season while putting up a stat line of 8.0 PPG – 5.8 RPG – 0.9 APG on two pretty disappointing teams in the Kings and the Hawks.
With the Toronto Raptors obviously being the better team compared to both Sacramento and Atlanta. I truly think Len could have a chance at contributing at a better rate than he did in seasons past. With loads of talent on this team, there is a fair chance Len could possibly average close to a double-double off the bench if he averages around the same minutes he did this past season or even a bit more.
Besides what Len could do on the offensive side of the ball, let’s talk about what he can do on the defensive side of the ball. He isn’t the greatest defensively and he isn’t the worst either. He averaged a decent 0.9 BPG and 0.8 DPG which both are around league average from last season. (Stats from Basketball-Reference.com)