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Scott Suggs Was The Raptors 905 Best Player

Washington Huskies guard Scott Suggs was the biggest contributor to the Raptors 905 inaugural season in Mississauga. He was the only player to see action in all 50 of the team’s games and he led the team in scoring with 898 points, 355 more points than the Toronto Raptors sophomore Bruno Caboclo who was second in total points scored with the team playing in 37 games.

NBA call up Axel Toupane struggled mightily early in the season and only played in 32 games with the 905. Fellow call up Greg Smith spent only 17 games with the team and Ronald Roberts Jr strong season was cut short by injury just as the call ups to the NBA were happening. However, Suggs was close to being a call up as well if someone wanted to try out a legitimate three-point threat.

“We have a roster of guys that are probably going to be sought after for (NBA) Summer League,” Raptors 905 general manager Dan Tolzman said. “If anything we’ve put our team on the map, (and) given the guys here very good opportunity to showcase what they can do.

“Guys like Scott Suggs, he is as close as anybody on the wing in the D-League.”

This was the 26-year-old Suggs third professional season having played in the D-League right after college and in France last year. Picking up on the obvious skill he brought from the college ranks, Suggs was the one guy head coach Jesse Mermuys knew he’d have available that could put points on the board.

Suggs led his team in minutes played (1801 minutes), 411 more minutes than guard Shannon Scott who played in 48 games and he put those minutes to good use. A proficient three-point threat since college, he lead his team with 315 three-point attempts and made 41.9 percent of them.

Call downs from the Toronto Raptors like Norman Powell and Delon Wright would crowd into Suggs minutes, but Mermuys never really got away from his reliable “veteran” all season. Taking the season as a whole, Suggs was the best player the 905 had.





Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.