3. C Freddie Gillespie
Gillespie is lucky he is as tall and as strong as he is, as the need for a true center to backup up Khem Birch and Precious Achiuwa might be enough to give him the edge here. The Raptors need some low-post bodies, and he can certainly provide some muscle down low.
Having said that, he was nothing short of putrid in Summer League play. Making 22.7% of your shots is simply unacceptable for a rim-running big, and getting into constant foul trouble wasn’t a good look either. The signing of Reggie Perry could be a sign that the Raptors aren’t sold on him as the No. 3 center.
Freddie Gillespie needs to rebound for the Toronto Raptors.
What Gillespie has in energy and rebounding skill, Perry counters with a solid mid-range game and mobility for his size. Even with that, Gillespie’s familiarity with the system, chops on the boards, and rim-protecting potential might be what gives him the edge in this game.
Gillespie was horrid in Vegas, and advanced stats don’t always paint the nicest picture of him, but the Raptors wouldn’t be making an earth-shattering move by keeping him over another young, defensively deficient big in Perry. Expect No. 55 to be back in Toronto, albeit on a very short leash.