Raptors have options in search for improved shooting — except, maybe, free agency
Date: June 2, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about avenues the Raptors can take to try to add shooting this summer.
The Toronto Raptors need more 3-point shooting.
Following a second consecutive ouster at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors measured themselves and found that particular part of their game the most lacking. And they are right, if “not being the birthplace of LeBron James” doesn’t count as a part of their game. As a result, a big focus this offseason will be on finding more of it, whether through the means of changing personnel or a “culture reset,” the vague-but-sticky edict from president Masai Ujiri at the end of the team’s season.
“I think there are things that our team can do better,” Ujiri said. “We didn’t make shots. Everybody says we should look for 3-point shooting, but, yes we’ll look for 3-point shooters. But the two guys we got, they’re 3-point shooters. We have some 3-point shooters on the team, but maybe it’s the style of play.”
This isn’t a breaking development, but the Raptors’ offence was so good for so long that they were justified in wanting a bit more confirmation that the system didn’t work in the postseason. For now, it looks like Dwane Casey will once again be the team’s head coach, tasked with overseeing a change in an offensive system from one designed to get Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan attacking one-on-one to one that treats threes as something more than a valuable safety valve. There’s a lot of work to be done, because simply adding 3-point shooting is going to be a tall task.
Here’s a look at the ways the Raptors will try to address their biggest need.