Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry a great fit for Toronto Raptors

By Robert White
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors reserve forward Carl Landry could be on his way to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The Raptors may be able to offer Landry their mid-level exception this summer as long as the team doesn’t go further than $4 million above the luxury tax threshold.

The Raptors allegedly want more inside scoring, lacking since Ed Davis departed in the Rudy Gay trade, and could offer Landry as much as $5.15 million in his first season with increases across the length of the contract. Inside scoring is definitely something Landry would be comfortable providing; the six-foot-nine, 248-pound forward is averaging 11 points and six rebounds per contest off the Warriors’ bench.

Landry takes the vast majority of his field goal attempts at the rim where he converts slightly below 70 percent of tries. His true shooting percentage, a better indication of his shooting ability factoring in the shots he actually takes, is an incredible 60.2 percent and his per 36 minute contributions (16 points, nine rebounds) would suggest Landry is very solid NBA forward.

Toronto may be a tempting offer for Landry should the Raptors chase him–he’ll receive plenty of minutes (and more than he receives now with the Warriors), whether he starts or not, alongside an emerging center in Jonas Valanciunas.

Furthermore, the Raptors need a guy like Landry. He’s a team guy and accept whatever role the coaching staff gives him despite being a proven talent.

“I’m a bench guy,” Landry said in a February interview. “You’ve got Steph on the court, who’s a potential All-Star. You’ve got David Lee, who’s an All-Star. For [head coach Mark Jackson] to put the ball in my hands at the end of the game and trust that I can knock down that shot, right then and there I knew it was going to be a fun year.”

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