Raptors’ Reserve Swingmen Vying for Minutes
Following the all-star break, DeMar DeRozan, the Toronto Raptors’ starting shooting guard, averaged nearly 37 minutes per game. Rudy Gay, the Raptors’ starting small forward, was at nearly 34.
That does not leave a ton of time for the team’s reserve swingmen, even if Gay plays more small-ball power forward than last year. Nonetheless, the battle for those minutes is open, even if the choices are all flawed: Terrence Ross, who was streaky as a rookie; Landry Fields, who is still trying to find his shooting form; and one-dimensional shooting forwards such as Austin Daye and Steve Novak.
“We have a lot of people who can step in and take that opportunity,” coach Dwane Casey said on Thursday. “There are going to be minutes there. [Gay and DeRozan] can’t play 48. We’re looking for that second unit.”