1. Bench scoring
The Raptors actually had one of the best starting lineups in the league. Following the acquisition of a true rim protector and rebounder in Jakob Poeltl, Toronto’s combination of their five best players produced numbers that put them in the upper echelon of NBA lineups.
Excluding that, there was a whole lot of either “mid” performances or outright poor showings. Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher both flatlined, while Flynn and Banton regressed. Christian Koloko was a defensive standout but an offensive work in progress that needs to step up soon.
The Toronto Raptors need more bench talent.
Adding someone who can contribute here via the draft is worthwhile, but the Raptors also need to ensure they get some veteran help in the fold. Hopefully, they add someone that doesn’t have feet made out of papier-mache and stained glass as Porter does.
With Nurse being gone, the odds are that Ujiri will hire a coach who uses more traditional rotations and less reenactments of 1960s basketball, where the best players played 48 minutes routinely. One more wing gunner, ball-handling guard, and lockdown defender could be enough to right the ship.