What Raptors’ newest signings bring to the table

What Raptors’ newest signings bring to the table

Stanley Johnson is a capable defender, but needs to work on his offence. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors weren’t able to retain Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but the reigning champs did move quickly to supplement the roster.

The overall approach towards rebuilding the rotation was clear: The Raptors went after undervalued players who were young, defensively sound, and with great length for their positions. Toronto established an identity as a defensive juggernaut in last season’s Finals, and it will look to build upon that even without Leonard.

Here are the scouting reports on the latest Raptors signings.

Strengths: Thomas is a lights-out shooter. According to Synergy Stats, he was one of the best shooters outside of the NBA and posted an effective shooting percentage (which accounts for the extra point on threes) of 82 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers, and 99 percent when left open. Thomas can handle the ball and hit a decent share of pull-up jumpers, but he is best as a spot-up option. His cutting and ability to reposition for open looks is highly advanced for a rookie.’ data-reactid=”54″>Strengths: Thomas is a lights-out shooter. According to Synergy Stats, he was one of the best shooters outside of the NBA and posted an effective shooting percentage (which accounts for the extra point on threes) of 82 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers, and 99 percent when left open. Thomas can handle the ball and hit a decent share of pull-up jumpers, but he is best as a spot-up option. His cutting and ability to reposition for open looks is highly advanced for a rookie.



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