2. Dalano Banton
Banton has made some big improvements to his game as a whole, as his Summer League stint proved that he has taken the necessary adjustments to mold himself into a truly multi-dimensional offensive threat. Unfortunately, that is no guarantee of playing time.
Considering recent comments from Nick Nurse relating to Scottie Barnes and the improvements he has made over the summer, it seems like he is content to go into the year with nine players in the rotation and No. 4 as the point guard in charge of the second unit. Banton may be back in his mop-up duty role.
Will the Toronto Raptors lean on Dalano Banton?
The preseason will be critical for Banton. Scoring against Summer League players is all well and good, but being able to prove himself against those with a better chance of playing real NBA minutes will illustrate how far he’s come. Will the 3-point shot from Vegas make the trip?
The point Scottie experiment is likely not going to fade away anytime soon, so the only way we’ll get a consistent diet of Banton is Rexdale’s finest forcing his way into the picture. Preseason struggles could lead to him being further excommunicated from the rotation.