2. Fred VanVleet: Efficiency
VanVleet went from being an undrafted free agent to an NBA starting point guard and the highest-paid undrafted player ever. So, what’s next? The next step for VanVleet is becoming an All-Star level player, and to reach that plateau he will need to be more efficient next
season. Based on everything we’ve heard about VanVleet from coaches and teammates, he’s one of the hardest-working players in the league, and will be in the gym this summer working to make it happen.
VanVleet shot just 38.9% from three last season and 41.6% from inside the arc.
Will Fred VanVleet become even better for the Toronto Raptors?
We know VanVleet can score. He has the franchise record for points in a game. However, for him to solidify himself as one of the better point guards in the league, he will need to improve those percentages, especially if he doesn’t have Lowry to help him run the offense.
For the season, VanVleet averaged 19.3 points. He could average close to 25 points if he improves his percentages with the same volume.
The refs kept their whistles tucked on a lot of Vanvleet’s drives last season, playing more aggressively and efficiently will allow VanVleet to get more calls and easy points at the free-throw line. Last season, there were nine games in which he played more than 20 minutes and scored 10 points or less. That needs to change.