1. A Scottie Barnes star turn
Toronto has unequivocally pitched itself as a team that will ride the Barnes train until the wheels come off. All of the moves they are making in the next few years are centered almost entirely around making the mercurial Barnes the best possible player they can.
The shooting issues are what they are, but Barnes must figure out how to be more effective and assertive as an overall on-ball scorer. The much bigger Barnes’ points per game was almost exactly the same last season as it was during his rookie campaign, and Rajakovic was likely hired based on his vision for Scottie.
Toronto Raptors fans need to hope Scottie Barnes becomes a star.
Be it as a primary ball-handler who takes advantage of superior playmaking ability, a traditional wing who becomes more of a shooter in a new system, or a smaller post player who becomes a matchup nightmare, the possibilities for Barnes under an offensive-minded coach are endless.
Barnes has all the talent in the world, even if playing as the third or fourth fiddle behind veterans for an abrasive coach who lacked offensive creativity didn’t do a very good job of showing that off. Toronto can ignite the passion within this fanbase by letting Barnes cook.