VanFleet was having a breakout year before the season was suspended
Fred VanFleet has been a staple in the Raptors lineup for multiple seasons now.
His calming presence and steady play have made him invaluable to the teams success.
While VanFleet has been critical to the Raptors success for multiple seasons, the 2019-2020 season was VanFleet’s break out party.
In a new role as a starter the backcourt of VanFleet and all-star Kyle Lowry was a force to be reckoned with in the NBA.
VanFleet was averaging 17ppg with 6.6 assists on 40% shooting while shooting 38% from three.
Numbers that are fantastic for a starting level point guard in the NBA.
VanFleet will never be the flashy highlight reel point guard that is revered as a top player in todays NBA, but for those who know hoops you could not ask for better than VanFleet.
Steady Freddy offers so much more than just what his numbers show.
He brings a toughness, a winning mentality, defence and never give up attitude.
Just the story of how VanFleet got into the NBA will tell you the type of player that he is and why he has endeared himself to the Raptors and its fan base.
Going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft Vanfleet was able to secure a spot with the Raptors in the G-League.
VanFleet instantly made an impact with the Raptors 905 averaging 16.5 ppg with 7 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and three.
It took just one season for VanFleet to make his way to the Raptors full time roster.
Since then VanFleet has improved every season and has become invaluable to the Raptors success.
It really is a shame that the 2019-2020 season was postponed.
The 2019-2020 season was really a great one for VanFleet. He was finally starting to get the recognition he deserves for the role he plays on a great Raptors squad.
Often VanFleet flies under the radar but his game is translates to any era and he would be a valued asset to any winning franchise.
We can only hope that the 2019-2020 season continues at some point so that we can see the end to this fantastic season for a Raptor who deserves more credit than he gets.