In a move that is arguably long overdue, the Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have assigned guard Norman Powell to the Mississauga Raptors 905. Powell is expected to be in uniform Saturday afternoon when Raptors 905 plays host to the Delaware 87ers at the Hershey Centre in time for the 905’s first annual Bollywood Day Game.
Powell earned his right to get a longer look in Toronto because of his all-out effort and lack of fear on the court, but it is his lack of experience and opportunities to play with the big club that make this assignment necessary.
The 6’4 rookie shooting guard has only played a total of 71 minutes in 12 games this season with the Raptors, averaging 1.4 points, 1.3 rebounds. He has shot just 27.6 percent from the field and it has been fairly obvious he is rushing just about every aspect of his game as he has just one speed out there on the court – about a 100 miles per hour.
The NBA D-League assignment will give Powell the opportunity to play significant minutes without the pressure of being yanked for every small mistake.
Powell was selected in the second round (46th overall) by Milwaukee in the 2015 NBA Draft. His draft rights were then traded by Milwaukee to Toronto along with a protected future first-round draft choice (originally belonging to the Los Angeles Clippers) for guard Greivis Vasquez.
The game between the Raptors 905 and the Delaware 87ers will be featured on NBA TV Canada Saturday at 2 pm. If you can, this would be a great day to watch the game at the Hersey Centre in person as the 905 is set to host its first annual Bollywood Day Game.
“The arrival of Raptors 905 into the heart of Mississauga is exciting for all fans of basketball, but particularly for our South Asian community, which has been an integral part of the growth and success of Mississauga and Brampton,” said official Raptors and Raptors 905 community ambassador, superfan Nav Bhatia. “With the celebration of our rich Indian culture on December 19 during the Bollywood Day Game, Raptors 905 continues to exemplify how inclusive of an organization it is. I hope to have everyone come out this day to support our team and the growing game of basketball.”
There will be Indian-themed, family-oriented entertainment, including a halftime show by Broken Dance – Canada’s No. 1 Bollywood Dance Company, a traditional Indian drumming performance outside the main entrance pregame, a “selfie” booth with cut outs of Bollywood actors, a Mehndi tattoo station and more.