This Raptors development pipeline may have another success in the works


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As part of a two-way contract with the Raptors, Watson was with them in the bubble in Orlando and experienced one of those career-changing moments in a game just at the end of the regular season schedule. .

With positioning locked, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse rested his regulars for the most part, which meant guys like Watson had a huge opportunity to look them in the face in terms of the minutes they had available.

Watson took full advantage of the situation playing 27 minutes, scoring 22 points and six rebounds in a 117-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

It was not a significant game in terms of ranking importance, but it was important in that it caught the nurse’s attention.

“He did a little jump in the bubble,” the nurse said. “He has a long, athletic and defensive makeup, the shooting is really improved. He really improved it last year with 905. He was great in some of our mini-camps that we did before we got here this summer. I went to see him twice training while he was working with Pascal. I worked very hard. You could see a noticeable improvement, just in, again, the state of mind, the way he moves there, the confidence he has to attack, and all that sort of thing. So yeah, it looks good.

Coming into a year in which there are real openings on the roster is a particularly opportune time for Watson Jr.

Siakam has high hopes for Watson Jr.

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“I think he has a good chance this year to break the rotation and be part of the squad,” Siakam said. “So I like what he does, he works really hard and all the offseason I saw him do the job and be there every day. So i tell her [it’ll] be okay and do what he’s supposed to do. I just want him to have that confidence. Go ahead, play and have fun.


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