After starting the year 2-8, the Raptors are now 9-12 and look like they have figured things out on the offensive end of the court. After averaging 101.5 points per game through their first four games of the NBA season, Toronto is now averaging 111.8 points per game and ranks 15th in the league in scoring.
While the Raptors seem to have things trending in the right direction, they still have some problems with their overall depth and their bench has not really helped them. They currently rank 20th in the NBA in bench points per game, but Norman Powell and Chris Boucher account for over 65% of their scoring off-the-bench this season!
If this team is going to contend for a championship, yet alone make it back to the playoffs at this rate, then they are going to have to look to add depth both in their frontcourt and on the wing. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet have been fantastic once again for the Raptors in their backcourt and Pascal Siakam has continued to prove he is an All-Star caliber forward, but with the losses of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka at the center position, this team has struggled in the paint on both ends of the court.
Toronto will definitely look to address their frontcourt issues near the NBA trade deadline this season, but they could also look to add more depth on the wing. O.G. Anunoby has missed some games this year with a lingering calf injury and Norman Powell has also missed some games, which is why the Raptors could really use another reliable scoring option either in their starting line-up or to bring in the game off-the-bench in the second-unit.
Let’s take a look at three intriguing trade targets for the Toronto Raptors to target both now before the NBA trade deadline and down the road.