Title: Raptors 905 roster: Explaining two-way players, G League rights, more
Date: October 26, 2021
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: In my latest at Sportsnet, I broke down how the Raptors 905 G League roster is assembled and who is in the mix for 2021-22.
For the first four years of their existence, Raptors 905 were paramount to the player development success of their NBA parent club, Toronto Raptors.
Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Chris Boucher and more came through Mississauga to hone and sharpen their games in anticipation of an eventual NBA role, if things went well. The 905 have been an educator, an incubator and an accelerator.
The last two years, however, have been a challenge.
In 2019-20, the season was cut short due to the pandemic. Even before that, though, the NBA side had dealt with so many injuries that the 905 received just 16 games from NBA assignment players, a comically low number compared to the Raptors’ record-setting approach to assignments in earlier years. In 2020-21, injuries and the nature of a pandemic season lowered that number to just nine. Even the team’s two-way players, Jalen Harris and Yuta Watanabe, only played a combined seven games.