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.
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.