Toronto Raptors: Player grades for first 2 weeks of the season

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Two weeks of NBA basketball has come and gone, and the Toronto Raptors are off to a red-hot start.

The Toronto Raptors have started their championship-aspiring campaign in style, winning seven of their first eight games and tying a franchise record for their best start in a season ever. T

hey’ve managed to win these games due to some savvy coaching from Nick Nurse, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry‘s play, and the frontcourt’s dramatic improvement from last season on all offensive aspects.

While it is too early to say that they are automatic Eastern Conference champs because of their wins against the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, they’ve looked pretty darn good in the early going. The five-man unit of Lowry, Danny Green, Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka has been wreaking havoc on opponents so far.

Side note: There is no need for concern over Monday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet were all rested in the game, which might explain Ibaka’s 30-point explosion and the loss as well.

With all that being said, it’s now time to grade five key players and their performance so far in the 2018-19 season.