The Toronto Raptors have added four big names to change the complexion of their roster since Golden State Warriors clinched the NBA title for the first time in 40 years.
DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph, Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo are names worth mentioning in the NBA circuit. General Manager Masai Ujiri implemented a few policies that ensured steady growth for the Toronto Raptors for the past two seasons until they were cleanly swept by the Washington Wizards in the playoffs last season.
To bounce back this season, Toronto has acquired the above mentioned names in their roster to adopt a new and effective game plan.
The Raptors’ think-tank is heavily relying on DeMarre Carroll this season at the defensive end. Toronto acquired the man aggressively from the free agency market. Carroll received only a $2 million pay package in Atlanta last season, but bagged a $60 million worth of four years in this year’s free agent market.
Coming to Carroll’s sporting content, a significant development is expected compared to his show last season. Until his last season, Carroll never scored more than 24 points in a game. Toronto picking up a mild scorer on such an exorbitant price appeared unnatural to experts and analysts. But Carroll proved his mettle at Atlanta Hawks by virtue of his defending skills, when he defended everyone except the centers. He also had an outstanding season regarding shooting from deep beyond the arc. Carroll shot 39 percent from deep. His defensive watchdog mentality appears to be the toughest which Toronto severely lacked last season.
That’s the space where DeMarre Carroll’s moves become so important for the Raptors’ success for this coming season. The 28-year-old is no longer just a stopper. He can step out and score, too.