1. The fight for the final roster spots will be competitive
Even though Summer League has shown that Toronto has plenty of impressive young prospects on their roster at the moment, they will only be able to take two or three of them into the regular season due to all of their guaranteed contracts. Securing those final spots will be a dogfight.
Even though DJ Wilson’s multi-year non-guaranteed deal and Justin Champagnie’s quality play last year could make it seem like they have a leg up in this race, they shouldn’t feel totally secure in their spots just yet.
With Banton struggling with turnovers amid his scoring and Armoni Brooks still inconsistent, that battle has yet to resolve.
The Toronto Raptors have competition for roster spots.
Dowtin has been a very nice player in Summer League, but will Toronto decide to get rid of him in favor of one of their draft picks in Johnson? Could they use that second two-way spot on an external player and further reduce these players’ chances of making it in the pros?
While this may sound like a very impactful and difficult decision to make, Nick Nurse and Masai Ujiri have to be pleased with how the summer is playing out. It’s better to have multiple qualified players battling for one spot than scraping the bottom of the barrel for warm bodies that can fill out the roster.