2. Goran Dragic is going to give it his all with the Raptors
We all know what he said after he learned of his trade to Toronto, but everything he has done and said since should help endear him to Raptors fans. While Dragic likely knows he won’t be playing for a retooling Raptors team for long, that isn’t going to prevent him from putting forth his best effort.
Dragic is the only player older than 30 on this roster, which is even more shocking when you consider that Toronto has 12 players 24 or younger. Dragic is willing to do everything he can to mentor young point guards like Malachi Flynn and Dalano Banton, claiming that Steve Nash did the same for him when he was a youngster in Phoenix.
The Toronto Raptors could benefit from Goran Dragic’s wisdom.
On the court, Dragic can prove himself to be more than just an old sage that mentors the kids. He can still get to the rim with ease at this level, and be it as a starter or reserve player, his offensive wizardry might help Toronto pick up a win or two that would’ve been losses last year.
The best-case scenario for both parties is that Dragic plays well enough to boost his trade value, a contender like the Mavericks get jumpy at the trade deadline and overpay for him, and the Raptors get a haul of picks and players in return. Until the trade deadline, Flynn and Banton must soak up as much info as possible.