2 Raptors players who deserve more playing time, and 2 who need to play less

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Figuring out his rotations has been a colossal task for first-year Toronto Raptors head coach Darko Rajakovic. The roster has been continually turning over between multi-player trades and frequent injury absences, and the players available on any given night require new starting lineups and rotations to be built from scratch.

That's why a Mount Logan amount of grace needs to be given to Rajakovic when evaluating his rotation decisions. Any head coach other than Erik Spoelstra would struggle with the task. With that said, looking closely at the success of certain players makes it clear: some Raptors need to play less, and others need to play more.

Let's look at four such players and discuss why each needs a change in playing time, starting with a player pushed out of his ideal role by injuries.

Kelly Olynyk needs to play less

Stating that Kelly Olynyk needs to play less may seem like a moot point; with Jakob Poeltl and Chris Boucher both out indefinitely, and Pascal Siakam, Christian Koloko and Precious Achiuwa all off of the roster, who else is going to play at center?

We'll discuss that answer momentarily, but it's clear that Kelly Olynyk is playing too much for the Raptors. Out of all rostered players this season for the Raptors, Olynyk's plus-minus is the absolute lowest; the Raptors have been outscored by 7.5 points per game in his 13 games.

The issue is exacerbated by the Raptors' lack of defensive forwards available, which means Olynyk and RJ Barrett are playing significant minutes as the "two bigs" and it's a defensive disaster. Worse, he has been cold on offense, shooting only 33.3 percent from deep and seeing his assist rate drop significantly from earlier in the season with the Utah Jazz.

Olynyk is locked up for the next two seasons; as much as possible, the Raptors should reduce his minutes, let other players get a shot, and look to craft better lineups with Olynyk next season.