1. Dalano Banton
This one feels like the lock of the century. The Rexdale native’s main competition for this spot appeared to be Brooks, but the former Rockets sharpshooter is already out of the picture. Banton can now focus on fixing some of the issues that plagued him early in his career.
Banton is already a promising defender who proved he can get to the rim and generate turnovers, but he appeared to be more composed as a shooter than we saw last year. Banton should have no trouble becoming a force in the pros if he’s given a long leash from Nurse.
Dalano Banton could thrive with the Toronto Raptors.
We saw Banton start to show glimpses of improved offensive potential in his brief Raptors 905 stint last season. The key to him proving himself in front of a larger NBA audience is going to be that 3-point shot. It may even get him into the rotation on a permanent basis.
Second-round picks can easily be tossed aside at the first sign of stagnation, but Toronto seems willing to put up with Banton’s growing pains due to the potential he’s shown. Unless he pulls an Anthony Bennett and goes 1-26 in the preseason, Banton is coming back.