Bruno Caboclo recorded an NBA Development League career high 31 points en route to a 136-105 Raptors 905 win over the Grand Rapids Drive Monday night at the DeltaPlex Arena in Walker, Michigan. Caboclo led all scorers as he shot 12-20 from the field and knocked down 3 triples to go with his 7 rebounds and career best 5 steals.
It’s been a productive season for the young forward in the D-League. In 35 games Caboclo has averaged 33.7 minutes, 14.4 points, 12.9 field goal attempts, 6.8 three-point attempts, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks.
“I feel more comfortable,” Caboclo told Pro Bball Report earlier this season. “We have more freedom in the D-League. (Head coach) Jesse (Mermuys) gives (me) a lot of opportunities there. I am trying to do my work, find out what I need to do, so I can improve.”
“(Caboclo) needs playing experience,” Mermuys confirmed. “He needs minutes and he needs us as a coaching staff to help him every single day and be able to live with some mistakes and growing pains.”
Caboclo was drafted 20th overall in 2014 by the Toronto Raptors as a project player with the intention of sending him immediately to the D-League. Unfortunately the Raptors plans to acquire a D-League franchise that summer fell thru and it was largely a lost season for the young forward. These break out games this year with the 905 are very important in helping Caboclo show what he might be capable of in the future.