Summer League review: 3 new Raptors to get excited about

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The Toronto Raptors finished 4-1 in Summer League play this year, a winning record fueled by a strong future young core.

There were a number of up-and-coming players who contributed to the successful record and will be fun to watch come the NBA regular season.

Some even stood out to Toronto’s fans as the potential future of the franchise. After Kyle Lowry’s departure to South Beach, these performances were a much-needed pick-me-up for a fan base who just watched arguably the greatest Raptor of all-time walk away after nine seasons.

Here’s a review of the Raptors Summer League with who to look out for heading into the 2021-22 season.

Scottie Barnes

The Raptors’ fourth overall draft pick, Scottie Barnes, impressed in Summer League play from the start.

In his first game in the new threads, Barnes recorded a double-double, scoring 18 points, grabbing 10 boards and earning five assists. The rookie’s opening game stat line pushed Toronto over the New York Knicks, 89-79 to go 1-0 early in the tournament.

His offensive prowess was on display again in the fourth game against the Charlotte Hornets when Barnes scored 23 points to complement his five rebounds and four assists.

Barnes also showed his athletic ability on the defensive end, too. In the third game of the tournament, he earned a tournament-high five blocks against the Houston Rockets.

Barnes finished Summer League averaging 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two blocks.

Precious Achiuwa

After being sent to Toronto in the sign-and-trade that saw Lowry go to the Miami Heat, Precious Achiuwa became probably the most exciting non-rookie Raptors prospect in Summer League.

In just his second game, Achiuwa followed Barnes’ lead by notching a double-double of his own. He scored 13 points and 11 rebounds despite losing to the Golden State Warriors, 90-84.

And he ain’t too shabby at the rim, either.

Achiuwa was also the second highest-scoring Raptor in the 2021 Summer League with 16.7 per game. He also finished averaging 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

Ishmail Wainright

Ishmail Wainright is another impressive Raptors Summer League player who wasn’t brought to Toronto via the 2021 NBA Draft.

Wainright was signed during free agency after spending the last few seasons playing in France, following his four-year NCAA career with the Baylor University Bears. He also spent a brief amount of time with the Buffalo Bills in 2018 after the NFL team invited him to tryout during their rookie mini-camp.

The undrafted Raptor made his presence known during the tournament, especially during Toronto’s third game against the Houston Rockets. He led the Raptors in scoring with 20 points which included four three-pointers. He also added seven rebounds and shot 58% from the field.

Wainright finished with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game.

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