1. End the season in the rotation
The Raptors will be more than willing to shake their rotation up and let Koloko play a more traditional five-man role if he has proven that he’s taken some developmental steps forward. Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher could easily move over to power-forward roles while Otto Porter Jr. becomes even more perimeter-oriented.
The biggest obstacle standing in his way right now is Khem Birch, who is in the second year of a three-year contract. While he was terrible last season, the Raptors might be willing to give him a second place, as injuries made it tough for him to really get into a groove last year.
Will the Toronto Raptors lean on Christian Koloko?
If the Raptors view Koloko and Birch as equal players, the question of how ill get more minutes will come down how much Toronto will try to justify Birch’s contract. If they are ready to cut bait, we could see Koloko get his chance over the more experienced Birch.
Whereas most teams who contend for championships use second-round picks as a way to add cannon-fodder youngsters to the mix as backups, Toronto’s ability to seamlessly marry the two warring families of player development and competitiveness could help Koloko find himself getting legitimate pro minutes.