2. An excess of ball-handlers
The Raptors might not have Lowry, but that might not be as big a detriment to their offensive attack as it may sound on paper. Via the sign-and-trade that sent Lowry to the Miami Heat, some savvy free agency moves, and some solid drafting, the Raptors are eschewing traditional point guard and shooting guard labels in favor of this unique attack.
Just take No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes for example. If Nick Nurse can get him to improve his jump shot, Toronto might have stumbled upon a 6-7, 230-pound point guard with supreme defensive skills, the ability to get easy shots inside, and a basketball sense that belies his age.
The Raptors can come at teams in several different ways.
VanVleet and Malachi Flynn both figure to see their scoring increase this season, and Goran Dragic could provide his usual blend of shooting and incisive passing this season. Barnes’ draft classmates were two oversized college guards in Dalano Banton and David Johnson.
Heck, even Anunoby and Siakam would be more than comfortable initiating the offense from the perimeter. The possibilities are endless!
In a league that loves to either play non-stop iso ball or shoot the ball as soon as it passes half-court, Toronto is leaning heavily into the notion that any player on the floor should be a threat to distribute, shoot, or dribble the ball. With so many competent ball-handlers, Nurse will have endless creativity when it comes to figuring out lineups.