Sebastian Telfair Struggling as Reserve Guard for Toronto Raptors

Sebastian Telfair Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors made the biggest trade of the 2012-2013 NBA season when they acquired Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies, but were involved in another trade at that time too, acquiring Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns.

After the Raptors traded away Jose Calderon as part of the deal for Gay, they were in need of a point guard to come in and play reserve minutes in relief of Kyle Lowry. The hope that Telfair could potentially take over the role of their backup point guard was one of the reasons that they made the trade for him in the first place.

However, Telfair hasn’t had much opportunity and hasn’t done much with the opportunities he’s been given. He has played in only 13 games for Toronto, averaging 14.2 minutes of playing time per game.

He’s only averaged 4.3 points and three assists per game in those limited minutes, which is decent, but nothing too impressive. Making it even less impressive is the fact that he is shooting just 29 percent from the field in those games and just 27 percent from three, which is absolutely atrocious.

When people talk about high school players that should have gone to college, but instead become busts in the NBA Draft, Telfair is a name that’s always thrown around. Despite having a ton of hype surrounding him in high school, he has never found his niche in the NBA. It seems pretty clear thus far that Toronto isn’t the right place for him — if there is such a place.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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