Toronto Raptors: Greivis Vasquez Gets The Point

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INTRODUCTION

Several weeks ago, I was asked whether the Toronto Raptors could make do with Greivis Vasquez as their starting point guard next season in the event that a new agreement is not reached with pending free agent Kyle Lowry.

I immediately responded in the affirmative, even though I knew the question was a good one and worthy of further thought.

When the Raptors acquired four bench players as part of a blockbuster deal headlined by Rudy Gay, it was relatively unknown which of Toronto-bound John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, and Vasquez would have the greatest impact on the court.

Mar 28, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics forward Kris Humphries (43) defends a shot by Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Taken as a whole, their contribution has done wonders for the Raptors, providing depth off the bench for a team that quickly and unexpectedly transformed into a playoff contender.

In my opinion, each player had name recognition to some degree and carried a certain amount of upside, not the least of which was Vasquez.

Oddly enough, the now 27-year-old is playing on his fourth NBA team as his fourth season in the league winds down.

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