Title:Raptors 905 prospect report: The believable growth beneath Chris Boucher’s unbelievable numbers
Date: December 3, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Chris Boucher’s early growth with Raptors 905, progress that’s helping him put up eye-popping numbers.
On Wednesday morning, Raptors 905 will tip off at Scotiabank Arena for a special game against the Iowa Wolves. Twice a year, the 905 are afforded the opportunity to step on the NBA court, surrounded by thousands of shrill, screaming children bused in from neighbouring school districts, which offers the players a small taste of what the big time feels like. These opportunities for G League players to be shown in a greater spotlight are somewhat rare and usually confined to the G League Showcase.
In this case, there is even more weight to the day, as it comes as part of ESPN’s immersion into Toronto and as part of the Masai Ujiri-led celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary. That may or may not mean more eyeballs on the actual game. The Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers will both be shooting around while the game takes place, for example, and the schedule of public and charitable events related to Giants of Africa is deep.
Were inquiring minds to tune in, though, their attention would almost certainly be drawn to Chris Boucher. On Monday, Boucher was named the G League Player of the Week. A day later, the G League upped the ante, naming him their Player of the Month. Neither award was in question. He’s averaging 29.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and four blocks with a 64.1 true-shooting percentage on 31.4-per cent usage and the 905 have been an unspeakable 26 points per 100 possessions better when Boucher is on the floor. He has been the best player in the G League this season and the 905 are 9-1 when he plays.