Since he joined the Raptors in 2015, it has been a solid player for them. After the departure of Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby has started at SF, opening up more opportunities for Powell in SG.
Toronto Raptors: Building for the future
A large part of their success is attributed to the quality of their development program. The recruits notable Raptors 905, their team of G-League, include Pascal Siakam, Chris Boucher, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell above. Their choice of second round compared to last year, the Dewan Hernandez has praised this program during the summer League. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys in the NBA to the youth of the league and some of the veterans, and they said that the Toronto Raptors had the best development of the players in the league.”
In the course of the four full seasons they have played, they have won the title once, lost once in the final, and lost once in the semi-final of conference. A lot of credit goes to former coach Jerry Stackhouse, who held the post from 2016 to 2018.
Thanks to their development program, they were able to build a strong team that goes well beyond their first five. The impact of these players from bench like Powell, Ibaka, and a Butcher will be crucial for their race-off when the NBA resumes.