Trading Bruce Brown and 3 other moves Raptors must make by trade deadline

Toronto needs to look much different after the deadline.

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1. Start Gradey Dick

The lone bright spot from Toronto's beatdown in New Orleans was Dick, who scored a career-best 22 points on 16 shots and made some impressive 3-point shots. Toronto claims the lottery pick is a big part of their future, though they seem generally unwilling to let him truly cut it loose.

While Dick has put together some individually impressive games, he hasn't shown enough to be considered a lock for the team's rotation. This stretch could be where he separates himself, as his all-around scoring game might be enough to make him an immutable part of the team next season.

Gradey Dick needs a big role for the Toronto Raptors.

If Dick is going to be out on the floor, Toronto also needs to make sure he is constantly shooting. While making minor improvements in other areas is important, Dick's success with this team will ultimately be determined by how well he shoots from the field, especially from 3-point range.

While Dick hasn't always been lights out since his G League exile, he's looked like a respectable NBA player most of the time. Harnessing his positive moments will not only help him find a role in the Raptors' long-term outlook, but it will prevent him from becoming a Malachi Flynn in Tampa-esque flash in the pan.

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