1. Scottie Barnes
The Raptors can’t find one negative thing to say about Barnes after his legendary Rookie of the Year campaign. Having established that, Toronto is going to expect Barnes elevates his game to a point where he can consistently be a featured offensive option.
15.3 points per game is an exemplary number for a 20-year-old rookie, but Barnes will eventually be tasked with putting up 20 every night without a second thought. The first stepping stone towards that goal is getting to the 17 or 18 points per game threshold this year.
Scottie Barnes will be key for the Toronto Raptors.
One way the Raptors can ensure that Barnes pumps his points numbers up is getting him to be a more willing shooter from 3-point range. After averaging 2.6 triple attempts per game, Barne should be more than willing to show Nurse that he will be stroking it from deep with greater regularity.
The Raptors are so bullish on Barnes’ potential that he is making them think twice about acquiring Kevin Durant. The worst thing Barnes could do in a scenario where he’s regarded as the second coming is stagnate in his progression and never become the high-flying All-Star Toronto thinks he can be.