Kawhi Leonard deal arms Raptors with intriguing lineup versatility

Title: Kawhi Leonard deal arms Raptors with intriguing lineup versatility
Date: July 19, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the flexibility and versatility the Raptors added in the Kawhi Leonard trade, which open up a lot of interesting options

The​ Toronto Raptors added an​ MVP-calibre​ player in Kawhi Leonard​ on Wednesday. That alone,​​ quite obviously, better positions them for the season ahead, making some assumptions about Leonard’s general health and ability to bounce back from a year mostly on the shelf.

Even at something less than the 2016-17 version of himself, adding Leonard is such a huge addition in isolation that the Raptors now project for 62 wins based on Jacob Goldstein’s model, with a 34 per cent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. The NBA title odds in Vegas shifted from 60-to-1 to 18-to-1 for Toronto, too. A million caveats apply so early in the offseason. Still, the jump is significant.

Underneath the simple Leonard addition is a major factor that should help the Raptors come playoff time: The addition of a lot of versatility to their roster.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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