The Raptors may go down as the league's unlikeliest champions, which is why their story is worth remembering
October 13, 2019, 4:49 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will rest Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell for Sunday's preseason game versus the Bulls.
Kyle Lowry will also sit this one out as his surgically repaired thumb needs a little more time. The reserves will get plenty of run and will be they are all in play as DFS candidates.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
October 10, 2019, 12:19 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell started at shooting guard on Thursday morning and delivered a team-high 22 points.
Powell didn't add much else to the stat line beyond five 3-pointers, though he did go 7-of-11 from the field. He's worth a look in the late rounds of standard drafts if he wins the starting shooting guard spot, though the competition should ramp up. His main competition, Fred VanVleet, started at point guard with Kyle Lowry still out and put up 10 points, 10 assists and two steals. Patrick McCaw, another contender, scored seven points with a steal in 17 minutes off the bench. FVV and Norm are the names to know for fantasy.
October 8, 2019, 10:00 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell had 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point line, as the Raptors beat the Rockets 134-129 on Tuesday.
Powell is competing for the starting shooting guard job and he has the chance to put his name back on the fantasy radar this year. With both Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green out of town there are plenty of minutes to be had and Powell should provide value regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench.
September 29, 2019, 10:37 pmPatrick McCawSG, Toronto Raptors
According to head coach Nick Nurse, Patrick McCaw is one of the players in competition to start at shooting guard.
He re-signed for two years this offseason. He has had the luck of winning three championships in three seasons, so we will see if his luck carries over to season four. He is in competition with the likes of Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell for the starting job.
Source: The Athletic
September 27, 2019, 11:19 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In a team breakdown on TSN, Fred VanVleet is reportedly favored to start at shooting guard for the Raptors and not Norman Powell.
This is an interesting development. While we were confident in VanVleet getting all the reserve minutes he can handle, time as a starter should bode well for his already-bright outlook for 2019-20. Keep an eye on Norman Powell as well, considering he will have a key role for Toronto this season with Danny Green gone.
May 21, 2019, 11:55 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 18 points with four threes, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a big Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Powell got big minutes again (32) and had it going early. His final line of 6-for-18 from the field (4-for-13 from deep) looks pretty inefficient, but Powell was a major factor in building tonight's big lead. With Kawhi Leonard hobbling a bit, the Raptors may need to continue leaning on Powell more than usual.
May 19, 2019, 10:29 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell put up a playoff-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 30 minutes of action before fouling out in a 118-112 double overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday.
There were some rumors prior to the game that Powell would get an increased role for Game 3, and this turned out to be true as he played 30 minutes before the game even reached the first overtime. He thrived in his increased opportunity and was hitting some key shots down the stretch. He added four rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal to the box score.
May 19, 2019, 6:47 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
After coach Nick Nurse hinted at changing the starting lineup for Game 3 on Sunday, the Raptors will stick with Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol as their starters.
Nurse did say earlier that he expects Norman Powell to get more minutes and that we may see different lineups throughout the game, so that is still something to watch for. The Raptors are in must-win territory as they come home down 0-2.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 5:35 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse said on Sunday afternoon "I think there will be some lineup changes, that's for sure," in regards to Game 3 against the Bucks.
Nurse also said that he thinks Norman Powell will get more minutes in this one. The most likely starting lineup change would be Powell over Danny Green – who has done very little in the first two games of this series. This is essentially a must win game for the Raptors and don't expect Nurse to go out being conservative.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 11:25 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell played well in Friday’s Game 2 loss, with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes of action.
He has not had a huge role in the postseason, but this is his second game with 14-plus points as he scored 16 points in Game 4 of the series against the Magic. His rise in scoring and minutes were likely due to this game being a blowout, so do not expect a repeat performance from Powell in Game 3.
April 21, 2019, 9:57 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell came off the bench in Sunday's 107-85 blowout victory over the Magic in Game 4 to post 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one assist.
There was a bit of garbage-time factor that influenced Powell's line tonight, but it was nonetheless likely a DFS bargain. Not bad for a top-230 player on the season. Guys like Powell, who come off the bench and keep Toronto's offense going when starters like Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard sit, make a big impact as far as snowballing early establish momentum is concerned.
April 9, 2019, 10:46 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell was able to collect 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and two triples in 20 minutes in Tuesday's season finale.
Powell was able to post top-230 value this season (both total and per-game in 8/9-cat), which looked like a tough sell once he went down with a left shoulder subluxation that cost him 21 games. He really came on strong late in the year and seemed to be ahead of the curve in putting his stamp on a playoff rotation spot, outplaying most of the other contenders with ease after returning. The big change in Powell's game this year was him hitting nearly 40 percent from deep, as he is only a .344 career 3-point shooter. There's only deep-league appeal here but Norm's bounceback season after last year's terrible campaign was a nice development for the Raptors.
April 7, 2019, 4:40 pmNorman PowellF/G, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 23 points on a perfect 7-for-7 shooting with three boards, an assist, a steal and four 3-pointers in Sunday's 117-109 overtime win against the Heat.
Powell was on fire in this one. It's always a good sign when you score more points than minutes played – he logged 21 minutes. He's been a nice role player for the Raptors and can be a long term piece if he stays healthy.
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