1. Starting point guard
The starting lineup, and the starting point guard spot specifically, will be determined based solely on how much Rajakovic wants to get Gary Trent Jr. into the starting lineup. Whichever path he chooses will have ripple effects that will be felt throughout the team.
If the Raptors are fine with Trent coming off the bench, they could use FIBA World Cup hero Dennis Schroder as the point guard in a more traditional alignment. If they want Trent out there with the starters, Scottie Barnes might be moved over to the point guard spot to accelerate his development.
Will Scottie Barnes be the Toronto Raptors’ point guard?
Both options have noticeable pros and cons. While Schroder is coming off a hot streak from his FIBA time, and he is clearly the more experienced option, will the 6-1 point guard be as effective without the ball in his hands very much as the No. 4 or No. 5 scoring option?
Likewise, Barnes’ ability to thrive at point guard varies wildly from observer to observer. The passing is great, as is his feel for the game, but will he be respected as a perimeter-scoring threat to the point where defenses have to gameplan around him?