The Raptors had the lowest field goal percentage of any team who made it to the postseason last year, and only the No. 8 seed Pelicans had a worse 3-point percentage. Getting better on the perimeter was vital for Toronto, and it looks like Masai Ujiri accomplished that goal.
Porter, a career 40% shooter from 3-point range, is going to instantly become one of the most feared forwards on the Toronto roster. With the bench a lackluster part of last year’s team, Toronto will be counting on Porter to stand out as the main perimeter bucket-getter.
The Toronto Raptors will be a better shooting team.
Scottie Barnes appears to be a much more confident shooter, as fixing a somewhat iffy jumper was the main obstacle standing in between him and unquestioned offensive dominance. Both Dalano Banton and Malachi Flynn have had strong offensive performances in Summer League and pro-am settings.
Incumbents like Fred VanVleet, a presumably healthy OG Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr. made enough key shots to keep Toronto viable offensively against the best teams in the league. With some added support, the Raptors can take the necessary step forward to announce their presence as legitimate contenders.