After a fairly successful season last year, the Toronto Raptors didn’t make many offseason moves. That being said, they did trade for former Atlanta Hawk Louis Williams, who will fill a much-needed void that last year’s team lacked.
Williams is a dynamic scorer who can provide quick offense and a spark off of the Raptors’ bench. Last year in the playoffs, Toronto lacked a player who could create his own shot and give them a basket when they desperately needed it. As such, the Brooklyn Nets were able to hold Toronto to very poor shooting percentages for stretches at a time.
Williams has been injured off and on the last couple seasons, only averaging 10.4 points per game in 25 minutes of play last year, but when he is right, he can score in bunches. By trading John Salmons to Atlanta for Williams, it not only cleared some salary cap space, but it also replaced Salmons’ role with a player who is better at this stage in his career. Williams will come off the bench as a sixth man for the Raptors and immediately play a platoon position at the point and off-guard spot, sharing time with Greivis Vasquez.
Although it is not a major acquisition that maybe Raptor fans wanted to see, it is another piece that addresses a need and adds to the depth of Toronto’s bench. Not only will Williams give them a spark off of the bench, but he is a veteran who has played big in many important games.
Transactions like that of Lou Williams are exactly what the Raptors need at this stage of their development as a top team in the Eastern Conference. As of now, they don’t need to bring in a big-name player, but instead need to tweak the roster and continue to address last year’s needs. Sometimes the best moves a general manger can make are the small ones.