Title: Raptors 905 roster explainer: Breaking down assignments and two-way players, G League rights and others
Date: October 28, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the Raptors 905 roster for 2019-20 and explained the different rules and player types involved for a G League team.
Raptors 905 are going to be really good again.
There are a ton of unknowns with each G League season. Which NBA players will be on assignment? Will the best non-NBA players get poached by other NBA teams? Can players find enough chemistry over the course of a tumultuous season sure to be filled with roster churn? And most importantly when projecting young, fringe-NBA players, are they as good as the program believes?
Those questions exist for Raptors 905. The 905 possess ample insulation from facing them with eight players — before getting to two-way players and possible assignments from the Raptors — who can stand up against any other G League team. They can stand up against the 905 the last two seasons, too, and those resulted in playoff runs. (The 2016-17 team remains the gold standard and is unassailable until 905 wins another ring.)
From a scouting perspective, the 905 carry additional interest this year. The roster skews younger in some places, thanks to young players on Exhibit 10 contracts and a pair of undrafted rookie two-way players who take the place of the more veteran choices the Raptors have gone with in prior years. There figure to be more assignments from the Raptors, too, as the bottom third of the roster is less experienced than it has been. There are even three point guards of moderate interest who could be options for the Raptors if injury strikes at some point.
What follows is a look at how the Raptors 905 roster is constructed heading into training camp, with an explanation of the different contracts and player types involved.