The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Toronto Raptors failed to defend their title after losing Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason but are built to make another deep playoff run. While Toronto lost some key role players, it paid up to keep Fred VanVleet alongside Kyle Lowry. Four of the Raptors’ five starters from last season will maintain their spots, but the center position appears to be up for grabs. Here we’re going to take a look at the Raptors’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.
Malachi Flynn, PG (draft)
Aron Baynes, C (free agency)
DeAndre Bembry, SG (free agency)
Serge Ibaka, PF/C (free agency)
Marc Gasol, C (free agency)
Title odds: +2000
Win percentage: O/U 57.5
Pascal Siakam MVP odds: +1000
Kyle Lowry MVP odds: +15000
Pascal Siakam DPOTY odds: +6000
Kyle Lowry DPOTY odds: +8000
PG: Kyle Lowry, Malachi Flynn, Fred VanVleet
SG: Fred VanVleet, Terence Davis, Patrick McCaw
SF: OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, DeAndre’ Bembry
PF: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher
C: Aron Baynes, Chris Boucher, Alex Len
Backup G: Terence Davis vs. Malachi Flynn
6th man: Norman Powell vs. Chris Boucher
Chris Boucher — Boucher has a clear path to significant minutes now that Gasol and Ibaka are long gone. The Raptors thrive when it comes to developing players and Boucher could be in for a breakout year. The 2019 G League MVP and DPOY can score on all three levels, rebound, and protect the rim. I expect Boucher to split center minutes down the middle with Baynes. The 27-year old has a much higher fantasy ceiling than the newcomer.
Norman Powell — Powell nearly doubled his points per game between 2018-19 and last year but was able to ramp up his production because of injuries. I’m not saying there’s no way Toronto will be banged up again this season, but Anunoby will likely be among the team leaders in minutes. I don’t see Powell averaging close to 29 minutes per game for a second straight year.