What Does the Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup Look Like for the 2020-2021 Season?

Published 11/30/2020, 8:52 AM EST
Toronto Raptors mascot near the drum before the Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on January 12, 2020 in Toronto, Canada (San Antonio Spurs won 105-104) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


The 2019 NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors, were in the news during Free Agency for their two losses. Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka left Toronto after successful seasons, but the Raptors still managed to have a solid Off-Season.

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Their biggest move was to resign Fred VanVleet on a long-term deal. They also brought in Aron Baynes, DeAndre’ Bembry, Alex Len and drafted Malachi Flynn among their other moves.

After the 2020 Off-Season, the Raptors still have four of their five starters from last season. They only lost Gasol, who left for the Lakers on a two-year deal. So how will their lineup look like for the upcoming 2020-21 season?

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Predicted Raptors starting lineup for the 2020-21 season

Kyle Lowry will continue to start at point guard. Since his contract expires next season, he is likely to resign on a cheaper deal. Despite being 34, Lowry has proved he is still one of the best point guards in the league. His experience, hustle, and leadership will be key for them in the upcoming season.

Returning to the shooting guard position is Fred VanVleet. He is one of the best outside shooters in the league, and can also lock up taller guards. After signing that four-year extension, the undrafted star will be looking to live up to the money.

Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors practicing with the ball during a warm-up before the Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on February 02, 2020 in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors won 129-102) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

OG Anunoby will be expected to remain as the small forward. He is in the last year of his rookie contract now, so he will be eager to do his best and get an extension he deserves.

The Raptors will try and make him wait for an extension till the 2021 Off-Season so that they can go after a big free agent while also matching any offer Anunoby gets.

Heading into a redemption season, Pascal Siakam will the starting power forward for the Raptors. He had an excellent regular season last year but failed miserably in the playoffs. So he will be expected to do better as the best player on the team.

To complete the lineup, new signing Aron Baynes will be expected to take over the starting center spot. The Australian was on fire for the Suns last season, and he looks like he can be a great replacement for Gasol.

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Off the bench options

Since the Raptors weren’t able to get a like-for-like replacement for Ibaka and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher and Stanley Johnson will be expected to step up coming off the bench. They also have a quality scorer in Norman Powell and a capable defender in DeAndre Bembry on the bench.

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The Raptors don’t have a championship quality team on paper, but they have set themselves for a solid campaign and also for the heavily anticipated 2021 Free Agency.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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