3. Isaac Bonga
Bonga is one of the five non-guarantees fighting for space, and while he has more NBA experience than players like Ishmail Wainright, that won’t necessarily guarantee him a spot in Nick Nurse’s rotation, especially when he is coming off of some very poor offensive seasons in Washington.
Bonga was able to make a minor impact with the Wizards as a defender considering his 6-8, 180-pound frame, but he was such a passive non-factor on offense that it is going to take a very long time for Nurse to turn him into a player that they can count on.
Can the Toronto Raptors turn Isaac Bonga into a shooter?
Even if Bonga ends up making it onto the opening night roster, the guarantees in his contract are so minimal that Toronto could easily ditch him as soon as a better option comes along or Bonga is failing to make the grade. His length does fit in with what Toronto wants, but they have a surplus of versatile wings that can defend multiple spots.
Bonga is just 21 years old, so he could be an interesting developmental piece that needs someone like Nurse to take him to the next level. However, he is going on what will be his fourth NBA season, and if the Raptors don’t see evident progress in the right direction, they could boot him out of town without a ton of financial difficulties.