Toronto Raptors: Ideal depth chart and rotation for 2021 season

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Fred VanVleet #23 and Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Fred VanVleet #23 and Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
TAMPA, FLORIDA – APRIL 21: OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Wings

  • OG Anunoby: 31 minutes
  • Scottie Barnes: 23 minutes
  • Svi Mykhailiuk: 6 minutes
  • Yuta Watanabe: 0 minutes
  • Ishmail Wainright: 0 minutes
  • Justin Champagnie: 0 minutes

Even though Scottie Barnes is not going to start in this alignment, comments from Nurse hitting that Barnes will be given plenty of time on the floor as a rookie show that he is going to be a major force in the rotation. Just over 20 minutes a game should be a solid diet for him to start out with.

The key piece for this group will be OG Anunoby, who should be expected to become a frontline scorer in addition to one of the best defenders in the game. Making that leap could be one factor that gives Toronto a slight edge over some of their competitors in the fight for one of the final playoff spots.

The Toronto Raptors must lean on OG Anunoby

In addition to Anunoby, Svi Mykhailiuk will likely get some minutes regularly, as his ability to shoot should be a welcome commodity on this team. However, Yuta Watanabe taking his minutes from him should surprise no one considering how well he played last year.

While Watanabe and Ishmail Wainright have an inside track on making the roster, especially Watanabe, they will likely begin the season as reserves that won’t see a ton of minutes. Between Anunoby and Barnes, this position should be one of the strongest units in the Atlantic Division.