Title: Raptors open practice: New faces Davis and Brissett stand out, Lowry absence could linger, VanVleet’s pants and more
Date: October 3, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I took a lap around the final day of Toronto Raptors training camp, highlighting the notable performances from the team’s open scrimmage.
QUEBEC CITY — The box score malfunctioned and there was no WWE Championship awarded for the Toronto Raptors’ open scrimmage at Laval University on Thursday. That didn’t stop Terence Davis from standing out and making a strong first impression.
Davis found his way early. The game had opened as a slog, with turnovers flowing both ways, and it was the undrafted rookie who settled things down for his side. Davis attacked a seam in the defence and split two defenders to get on the board, then hit a catch-and-shoot 3 above the break and another from the corner in transition. It was a personal 8-0 run, and my unofficial tally had Davis at 12 for the half, capped by a steal and a dunk the other way.
Teamed up with his training camp mentor in Fred VanVleet, Davis had ample coaching as he felt his way through the opening minutes. Once he got hot, VanVleet remained in his ear, letting him know that taking a lot of shots within the offence isn’t necessarily a selfish approach if they’re good opportunities.
“During the game, Fred was like, you know I turned down a shot, and he was like ‘Don’t stop shooting now,’” Davis said.