2. The Barnes at PG lineup
- PG: Scottie Barnes
- SG: Fred VanVleet
- SF: OG Anunoby
- PF: Pascal Siakam
- C: Khem Birch/Richaun Holmes
Trent will have to come off of the bench and fill a Sixth Man type of role, but if he is willing to accept that designation, it will allow Barnes to start at point guard, the position he played during his college days in Tallahassee. VanVleet would stay in the combo guard role he perfected over the last few years in this arrangement.
The Raptors need to sign a center to complete this alignment. They could either go small for a player like Khem Birch, who had success with Toronto last year, or try to blow the doors off of the competition by adding a player like Richaun Holmes or Jarrett Allen. If they can pull this off, Barnes could lead a Toronto renaissance.
Scottie Barnes could be a quality starting point guard.
The Simmons comparisons might scare some Raptors fans, but Barnes appears to be a more willing shooter than Simmons while still showing off the size, speed, passing, and defense combination that made Philly enticed enough to take him No. 1 overall. Barnes offers unique defensive potential as a point guard.
A 3-point shot would do wonders for his game on the offensive side of the ball, and it would make him an All-Star caliber player at the point guard position.
However, due to the fact Barnes needs some fine-tuning before he can be trusted with the lion’s share of offensive responsibility, the Raptors might be better trying out something different for the time being.