It was a short and somewhat disappointing stay in Fort Wayne for Bruno Caboclo as the Toronto Raptors rookie didn’t see a lot of playing time after his first game with the Mad Ants and he wasn’t very productive when he did get on the court.
Caboclo played 20 minutes and scored 13 points in his first game with the Mad Ants, but only played 5 minutes and 14 minutes in his next two games and scored 0 points. He was a DNP-CD in Thursday’s game vs the Oklahoma City Blue. It would be fair to ask if Caboclo was wasting his time in Fort Wayne?
In Toronto Caboclo has fellow Brazilian Lucas Nogueira to talk to and bail him out when language difficulties arise. In Fort Wayne, he had to figure out why a coach he doesn’t know was yelling at him about the plays he wasn’t familiar with.
The Raptors decided to bring Caboclo back prior to the end of their own Western Conference road trip even though the Mad Ants were hosting another game on Saturday against the Erie Bayhawks.
One has to wonder if the Raptors motive for the short stay in Fort Wayne was to protect their 19-year-old rookie’s confidence from being shattered by what had become a meaningless trip to the D-League to get playing time that wasn’t really forthcoming.
The biggest benefit from this experience may be to convince the Raptors ownership to invest in a sole affiliate relationship with a D-League team – even if they have start their own franchise from scratch.
The only positive aspect of the early return is Caboclo is about to get a visit from his family.
“On January 7th my Dad and my mother will come and stay about 20 days,” Caboclo told Pro Bball Report before Christmas. “I talk to my family every week.”
Raptors Media Release January 1, 2015
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have recalled forward Bruno Caboclo (cuh-BO-clo) from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Caboclo appeared in three games with Fort Wayne, averaging 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 13.0 minutes. He tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes in his first game December 27 at Iowa.
Caboclo made his NBA debut November 21 versus Milwaukee and scored a season-high eight points in 12 minutes of action. He shot two-for-three from beyond the arc with a rebound and a block against the Bucks. He has played a total of 15 minutes in three games with Toronto this season, recording eight points and two rebounds.
A native of Osasco, Brazil, Caboclo was selected 20th overall by Toronto in the 2014 NBA Draft. He appeared in 16 Brazil League games for Pinheiros/Sky last season, averaging 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Caboclo was the MVP of the 2013 Basketball Without Borders South America camp in Buenos Aires.