The Toronto Raptors finished their showing at the Las Vegas Summer League with an 80-69 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday in which most of their regulars did not play. Toronto finished 4-1.
With the summer showcase in the books, let’s look at how the notable players did before getting into the current shape of the roster.
Dalano Banton, guard
Four games: 16.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game, 46.8 field-goal percentage
As is his way, Banton was doing a lot when he was on the floor in Las Vegas, and plenty of it was very good. His 3-point shot was more consistent than we saw last year with him hitting 46.2 percent of his looks. He was his normal, dangerous self in transition with the Raptors always looking to get it to him to push the pace. He also showed an ability to get his shot at the rim, using his spindly body and long strides to get layups while looking into point spread betting.
Banton still only flashes signs of being a point guard in the half court, though. He ended up with 19 turnovers, compared to 17 assists, and regularly was looking to puncture holes that weren’t there. To be clear, Banton is a great fit for what the Raptors are trying to do, but he still needs to get better as a decision-maker in the middle of a defence.
Armoni Brooks, guard
Four games: 13.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 1.0 steals per game, 38.5 FG%
May we all be as confident as Brooks. The guard, who ended the year on the Raptors’ roster, knew what his role was on this team, and he embraced it. Brooks got a total of 52 shots over four games, including 40 3s. At times, he was launching from near the hashmark.
Unfortunately, his accuracy was wanting, hitting just 27.5 percent of his 3s. Brooks knows how to fit in on defence, but because of his skill set, assessing him isn’t much more complicated than looking at his shooting stats. He knows where his shots are, but I’d put him on the outside looking in heading into training camp. (Brooks goes from $50,000 to $250,000 guaranteed if he’s still on the roster on Aug. 1. I’d imagine the Raptors will keep him around, unless Brooks’ representation sees a better spot for him elsewhere and asks to be waived.)