Title: Analyzing how the Raptors’ offence has changed through half a season
Date: January 19, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at how the Raptors’ offense has changed, through half a season of the culture reset.
The Toronto Raptors have played 43 of their 82 games, Eric Koreen saw fit to do a four-part mid-season look at the team (here, here, here, and here), and I promised that at some point around the mid-way marker I’d update this early look at how the Raptors’ offence was changing, so let’s get right into it.
Back at the end of October, we looked at the Raptors’ changes on several offensive fronts. We’ll do the same here, using a similar format and noting how things have changed since the five-game mark.
(All stats to follow courtesy NBA.com unless otherwise noted.)
How is the offence doing?
There was little doubt that with or without significant system changes, the Raptors would be able to fashion a quality offence. The floor at that end is just so high with the Dwane Casey-DeMar DeRozan-Kyle Lowry trio that it would be borderline astonishing to see the Raptors post anything less than an average offence. This is a group that over the past few seasons has ranked in the top 10 even when the offence hasn’t looked particularly sharp or playoff-repeatable, and changes to the approach weren’t really a threat to turn them into a bad offence, just maybe a worse one while they figured things out.