3. Dalano Banton has played himself into the rotation
As it stands now, the Raptors bench rotation featured 2021 holdovers in Achiuwa, Chris Boucher, and Thad Young alongside newcomer Otto Porter Jr. After that, it gets a little harder to set in a distinct order. One thing is very clear, however. Banton will be getting regular minutes this season.
He killed it in last year’s G-League season, he dominated with the Canadian national team, and he just showed off his reinvented scoring ability and decisiveness on the court in the preseason. He’s been playing better and better at every opportunity.
Banton averaged 11.0 points per game (fifth on the team) in the preseason while shooting 52% from the field and only turning the ball over five times in five games. While he didn’t connect on a 3-pointer, those are very encouraging signs.
The Toronto Raptors should be thrilled with Dalano Banton.
Even if Banton can’t help the Raptors win a playoff series by himself this year, his talent and potential demand an opportunity to flourish. We need to see what he can do with regular playing time. He has the size and the skills, and with an improved shot and handle, he can effect winning as part of a team.
The Raptors are dangerous off the bench. The team will be able to withstand any injuries that come their way.