Stock up, Stock down after first 4 Raptors’ preseason games

Oct 9, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 23: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors shoots over Nassir Little #9 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

Stock down: Toronto’s shooting

Three of the biggest issues that made it impossible for the Raptors to contend last year were the lack of a consistent bench, poor rim protection, and bad perimeter shooting. The bench? It looks much better! The rim? Protected, thanks to 7-1 rookie Christian Koloko. The shooting? Well…let’s be diplomatic and call it a work in progress.

The Raptors went 7-32, 6-34, and 8-37 from 3-point range in a frankly comical display of ineptitude from both starters and reserves alike. Toronto’s shooting woes have been hampered due to Otto Porter Jr. missing time with an injury, but that’s no excuse to be this wretched from deep.

The Toronto Raptors couldn’t buy a 3-point shot.

Porter coming back will help, but Nurse has to be slightly concerned that this team has been this poor from deep. Gary Trent Jr. hit a few shots in the Chicago game, and Exhibit 10 rookie Gabe Brown chipped in with a few makes, but that hardly alleviates the problem.

If the Raptors shoot anything approximating this poorly and inefficiently in the regular season, they are going to get the brakes beat off them by contenders. Even if they get their shooting to an average or slightly below-average level, they will have a better chance making it out of the first round.

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