1. Precious Achiuwa is playing his best basketball lately.
Achiuwa has averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during his first five playoff games. In two of the last three games, Achiuwa has been so lethal as a key secondary scorer that it proves he is evolving into the team’s unquestioned Sixth Man.
Achiuwa has had games of 20 points and 17 points over the last few days. Even though he is making just 34% of his 3-pointers, Achiuwa has been the high-energy bench presence the Raptors have needed to succeed when Embiid is taken out of the game. His development this year has been fun to watch.
Precious Achiuwa has been very impressive for the Toronto Raptors.
Even without their injury problems, Toronto needed someone to step up and take some of the pressure off of their stars. Achiuwa has done that while making life tough on Embiid and making his long-term outlook appear to be even rosier than it was heading into the series.
Achiuwa started the year as a major question mark, but this series is starting to show that his sudden uptick in production is not a fluke. No matter what happens in this series, Achiuwa has shown that he is someone that should be considered a part of Toronto’s future for the next half-decade.