The Toronto Raptors are still in the process of filling out their NBA roster, but that doesn’t mean they are forsaking Raptors 905. In order to get Patrick Mutombo some new talent in his ranks, the front office is rolling the dice on a virtual unknown in Alex Antetokounmpo and a former top recruit in Josh Hall.
Antetokounmpo, who has been linked to the Raptors for some time now, dreams of following in the footsteps of his brothers by making it to the NBA. He doesn’t have much in the way of proven statistical dominance, but he has shown the same tremendous athletic ability that has helped three of his family members get professional contracts.
Hall, meanwhile, has plenty of physical gifts, but he is equally as raw and needs to make strides as an offensive player. Toronto has shown they are more than willing to develop players who struggle on offense, and these two players appear to be their next big projects.
The Raptors will sign both Hall and Antetkounmpo to Exhibit 10 contracts. Per Blake Murphy, the plan is to waive them shortly thereafter, which would allow Toronto to both maintain their G League rights and give the two players a small bonus for joining Raptors 905.
The Toronto Raptors are adding Alex Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo had some success in high school, but he very rarely saw the floor with UCAM Murcia in Spain, making him a bit of an unknown quantity. While he played in three Summer League games for the Kings, he didn’t score any points, confirming what a work in progress he is.
At 6-8 and just over 200 pounds, Alex is slightly taller than the stocky Thanasis and a bit stronger than his skinnier older brother in Kostas. He’s not going to be Giannis, obviously, but he is promising from a physical perspective, and that warrants a 905 dice roll.
Can the Toronto Raptors develop Josh Hall?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Hall is a 6-9 forward that can guard multiple positions on defense, yet comes to Toronto with some issues as a shooter.
Hall was a former 5-star recruit that committed to North Carolina State, but he ended up bypassing college entirely and declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. While Hall spent a good chunk of time in the G League last season, he averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Those averages came with some gnarly shooting splits of 31% from the field and 11% from 3-point range.
Hall averaged 6.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in Summer League play. As is so often the case with Toronto’s young prospects, his athletic ability and versatility could be accentuated if he ends up developing a jump shot.
Hall and Antetokounmpo might not give the NBA club a ton of minutes this season, but both pieces are worth developing, and they’ll get the added benefit of going to one of the best developmental environments in the game down in Mississauga.