The Toronto Raptors have the opportunity to really make some waves this offseason, as they could bring in a long-term contributor with the No. 33 overall pick. If they want to kill two birds with one stone and add a backup point guard that can shoot better than Malachi Flynn, they could select Houston guard Marcus Sasser.
After an injury ended the 6-2 guard’s season early, Sasser started to fall down draft boards due to his size and health. When he’s on the floor, however, the diminutive sniper proved time and time again that he can become a high-level scorer in the pros if he lands in the right situation.
Sasser received an invite to the NBA’s G League Elite Camp, which shows that he is viewed by the league as a second-round prospect that might go undrafted. Sasser is doing everything he can to show the rest of the league that he is a truly special shooter worthy of a higher draft slot.
Sasser was perhaps the best player from one of the scrimmages, putting up 23 points on 7-13 shooting and 4-8 from 3-point range in just 21 minutes on the floor. While Flynn struggled to score in the pros, Sasser looks ready to make the transition from the collegiate level to the pros.
Marcus Sasser could fit in with the Toronto Raptors.
Sasser averaged 17.7 points and 2.6 assists per game with the Cougars last season. His shooting was jaw-dropping, as he connected on 43% of his 3-pointers while taking just under nine attempts from deep per game. Even if he doesn’t hit that level of production in the pros, teams should be optimistic that the shooting is going to translate.
Sasser is a quality athlete that has become a better finisher at the rim in his third collegiate season. While not a pass-first distributor, Sasser has proven to be comfortable handling the ball and initiating the offense. He could wiggle into the rotation as either a Flynn replacement or a quality backup shooting guard.
Not only does Sasser have the height-weight concerns lingering over his stock in addition to the foot injury that ended his season in December, but he has already been quoted as saying he is not interested in playing in the G League or overseas, reserving the right to return to Houston.
If Sasser stays in the draft, Toronto might be an excellent landing spot, considering how they have the infrastructure needed to develop him into a solid backup despite his flaws. He’ll never be an All-Defensive guy, but he might be just what the doctor ordered for this team.