The 905 have yet to lose on the road after a visit to see the Maine Red Claws. The team is now into day two of the D-League Showcase being hosted at the Hershey Centre. The Showcase is the biggest event for the D-League as all 22 teams will be at the Hershey Centre for the next five days, along with scouts and agents from the NBA and teams from overseas.
Here is a summary of what went down this week.
Friday Jan. 12 — vs. Maine Red Claws
Final Score: 110-94 for the 905 as they improve to 16-7.
Axel Toupane Keeps Eyes on the NBA
With the D-League Showcase in his backyard, Toupane has stayed right where he needs to be: at a high level. Many would say Axel should have been back in the NBA awhile ago, and it seems likely he will get his chance either during the Showcase or in the days following.
In this game Toupane came off the bench, which he has done regularly for the 905, played in 29 minutes, scored 17 points while also adding 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal to his already very impressive season averages. Toupane has been the guy for the 905 for most of the season, able to score or find open teammates for threes.
Edy Tavares Racks Up Another Double-Double
Tavares in the past few weeks has looked more and more comfortable in Stackhouse’s offense every game and this one was no different. Whenever the 905 were in trouble or the shot clock was winding down, they could look for the big man in the post for the score. For his efforts Tavares stat line was 31 minutes played with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
- No Fred VanVleet as he was with the Raptors, so Brady Heslip got the start at PG and finished with 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
- E.J. Singler, Jarrod Uthoff and Antwaine Wiggins provided some balanced scoring for the 905, going for 13, 11, and 9 points respectively.
- Negus Webster-Chan and Goodluck Okonoboh were on the inactive list once again.
Wednesday Jan. 18 — vs Grand Rapids Drive (D-League Showcase)
Final Score: 135-122 for the 905, who have now won 5 in a row and are 17-7.
When is Axel’s Time?
It’s Showcase season and Axel Toupane put on a show in the 905’s first game of the 2017 NBA D-League showcase. Toupane definitely didn’t hurt his chances of getting the call-up or lucrative overseas deal on this day.
For the game, Toupane came off the bench (to no surprise), and in 28 minutes put up 23 points, along with 2 steals and 2 rebounds. What is the most impressive was his shooting as he shot a perfect 3-for-3 from three and 5-for-10 from the field. If that was Toupane’s last game with the 905 it sure was a good one.
Just a Local Kid Out of Burlington
Brady Heslip, as a local product, has become a fan favourite with the 905’s fans. Heslip, with no VanVleet around (more on that in a bit), started at point guard once again and is looking more and more comfortable in the position every day. Heslip finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 1 block in 32 minutes. There’s a good chance Heslip will receive overseas interest from this Showcase.
- The Raptors didn’t assign Bruno Caboclo or VanVleet for the Showcase which makes sense as the idea of the event is to highlight exclusively D-League players.
- It was an all-around scoring effort from the 905 as C.J. Leslie, Will Sheehey and Uthoff all had 14 points, Singler added 15, and Yanick Moreira dropped 13 points.
- Negus Webster-Chan and Goodluck Okonoboh were inactive, however Stackhouse did say he will get Okonoboh minutes on Friday to get scouted. The team also apparently held a 1-on-1 competition to see who would be forced to sit, which is pretty wild.