1. Christian Koloko
Despite the fact that neither Precious Achiuwa nor Chris Boucher were traded and Jakob Poeltl signed a very lucrative four-year contract, the Raptors still seem to believe that Koloko will have a part to play in the 2023-24 season. What better time to unleash him than the preseason?
Based on last season, the Raptors can feel comfortable saying that Koloko can hold his own as a defender and shot-blocker in this league. In the offensive aspects of the game, however, the Raptors know that he needs some refinement. The preseason is the time to test him out.
Christian Koloko could dominate the Toronto Raptors’ preseason.
Koloko needs to come right out and show the Raptors that he can be a formidable presence on the glass. The secondary goal he needs to accomplish is improving his finishing, as his offensive game right now is limited to putback dunks and a very small set of post moves committed to memory.
Hungry to prove himself, Koloko could make some sparks fly in the preseason. With his rare combination of mobility, effort, and raw physical talent, he could beat up on backups. Koloko did not look out of place when starting, and his talent can only continue to grow.