The Toronto Raptors have made a habit of adding players with tons of irrational self-confidence over the years, and two-way signing Markquis Nowell is no different. When you’re trying to stick in the NBA despite being an outrageous outlier at just 5-7, such boisterousness is required.
Nowell is starting his NBA career from a difficult position, as he is guaranteed next to nothing despite his highly productive college career. To rise from those difficult circumstances, Nowell needs to believe that his figure will not inhibit him in any way.
Nowell made headlines earlier in the offseason, as he predicted that he would become the greatest player who ever put on a Raptors jersey. That is a bold prediction in and of itself, but Nowell was not willing to let that statement die on the vine. He came back and made things even more bombastic.
Nowell’s latest Instagram story features him asserting as fact that he will win multiple NBA championships and Finals MVPs. If he has the gift of clairvoyance, he would be the greatest undrafted free agent player ever and the best Raptors player who ever lived.
Toronto Raptors PG Markquis Nowell has a bold prediction on Instagram.
Nowell’s season at Kansas State, in which he averaged 17.6 points and 8.3 assists per game while leading the Wildcats on a miraculous March Madness run, was so dominant that the only reason Nowell was not drafted high was his height. The production is simply too good.
Nowell will need to prove he is better than fellow two-way players Ron Harper Jr. and Javon Freeman-Liberty before he is even considered for rotation time. After overcoming that barrier, both Jeff Dowtin and Malachi Flynn would need to submit to his superior talent.
Nowell also has improvements he needs to make if he wants to become the spiritual successor to Fred VanVleet. Even at Kansas State, Nowell had issues with efficiency. Getting that field goal percentage above 40% will be essential if he wants to stick around.
The Summer League star is not worried about his words coming back to bite him in the butt one bit. Kansas State was transformed into a powerhouse the second he came over to Manhattan, and he is envisioning a similar impact on the Raptors bench. If he is half the player he was in college, Toronto will be glad to have him.