Once again, at the risk of belaboring a point that dozens of others have noticed, the Raptors could not shoot. They were not at the bottom of the league, but that can be almost solely credited to Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby starting to catch fire in the second half of the season.
Otto Porter Jr. was brought in to help remedy that issue, but his injury limited him to eight games and ruined whatever positive momentum he had accrued following his championship run with the Warriors. Precious Achiuwa took a step backward, and Fred VanVleet’s season was marred by inefficiency.
The Toronto Raptors won’t win without shooting.
While there aren’t a ton of no-doubt star names that will populate the free agent space this season, the Raptors will not have to look very hard if they have their eyes set on cheaper replacements who can arrive on cheaper one or two-year contracts,
Of course, some strong internal development would also do wonders for this offense. Scottie Barnes may hold the key to fixing this problem. If he can get his 3-point percentage somewhere close to 35% with regular volume, the Raptors’ offense will be cooking with gas.