One season after the departure of Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors are still somehow keeping pace with the Eastern Conference elites. The combined performances of their current players have kept their title hopes alive.
Raptors' point guard Fred VanVleet is no doubt a big part of that and could be on track to earn a significant pay raise this offseason, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.
As a career 9-point-game scorer, VanVleet has been with the Raptors for the past four years, cementing his legacy as a role-player and backup guard to Kyle Lowry. This season, however, with Lowry on the shelf, VanVleet has stepped up as a quality guard, posting career highs across the board in points (18.6), assists (7.5), and rebounds (3.9).
Having thrived as the Raptors‘ starting point guard in the team’s last 11 contests, Fred VanVleet is obviously raising the value of his next contract. This performance, a weak free-agent class, and his young age will likely be big players for teams pursuing his services in the summer.