Raptors: 3 unique lineups to look out for in 2021-22 season

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04: Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 04: Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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Goran Dragic, Toronto Raptors
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 12: Goran Dragic #1 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

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  • Goran Dragic
  • Isaac Bonga
  • Svi Mykhailiuk
  • OG Anunoby
  • Precious Achiuwa

The Raptors have a storied history when it comes to featuring international talent on their roster. A perfect reflection of the multicultural melting pot that is the city of Toronto, the Raptors are in a position to put out a lineup where each player comes from a different nation.

Goran Dragic from Slovenia, Isaac Bonga from Germany, Svi Mykhailiuk from Ukraine, OG Anunoby from the United Kingdom, and Precious Achiuwa from Nigeria. What a combination.

Not only would this diverse lineup be notable from a storyline perspective, but it would also put together an exciting on-court product. With all five players able to play up-tempo, they would be a deadly lineup in transition, able to use their size and speed to get to the rim or pass out to one of several knockdown shooters.

The Toronto Raptors have plenty of international experience.

This lineup runs fairly small, but Anunoby is more than able to handle himself down low defensively. At 6-8, Bonga would be able to use his length to protect the rim on the help side.

While these were the five players selected for this lineup, the Raptors sit with a surplus of international talent including the aforementioned Birch, Boucher, and Banton from Canada, Pascal Siakam from Cameroon, and Watanabe from Japan.

With enough international talent to form an entire secondary lineup composed of all non-United States players, it is clear the Raptors are going to continue to build on their history of giving international players a spotlight on their team.

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