Raptors reveal starting roster for season opener – .

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Raptors reveal starting roster for season opener – .


After weeks of speculation, we finally know who Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is using in his starting lineup – at least to start the season.
The Raptors have announced Fred VanVleet, Goran Dragic, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa as the starting five for Wednesday’s season opener against the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena. This isn’t the most surprising formation, with Dragic beating Gary Trent Jr. and Achiuwa winning the go-ahead over other great men Khem Birch and Chris Boucher.

Rookie Scottie Barnes (4) begins the season in the Raptors’ starting lineup. (Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports)

The frontcourt doesn’t have much size, but Barnes, Anunoby and Achiuwa are all long players with a lot of athleticism to boot. It should be a solid defensive unit, even without a traditional cross.

At VanVleet and Dragic, the Raptors have a veteran backcourt that can ease teammates and reverse three-point shot with consistency.

It remains to be seen whether this five-man unit will be the norm going forward or whether Toronto will adapt from game to game depending on the clashes.

Nurse said he plans to use nine or 10 players in his rotation on opening night, which means Birch, Trent, Boucher and Svi Mykhailiuk should all see minutes on the bench.

Boucher was questionable after missing the entire preseason with a dislocated finger, but Nurse has confirmed he’s available against the Wizards.

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