“I Knew this Man was Special”- Raptors Teammate Kyle Lowry Lauds Fred VanVleet

Published 11/21/2020, 4:30 PM EST
Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors runs with the ball during 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)


This NBA off-season has been crazy, to say the least. We have seen multiple teams re-signing players, some players joining cross-city rivals, and what not.

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Recently The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Toronto Raptors star Fred VanVleet agreed to sign a new 4-year deal with the team.

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This was the news that every Raptors fan wanted to hear. VanVleet’s teammate Kyle Lowry was also very excited at the prospect of an extended association.

Lowry took to Instagram and wrote, “BOY!!! BET ON YOURSELF!! This day has legit come from blood sweet and broken teeth. This my little brother yo, I’m so happy for him y’all don’t understand man!! Wow since day ONE I knew this man was special!!”

VanVleet has been one of the most important players on the Raptors team. He has been their go-to shooter and can act as a backup point guard too.

Fred VanVleet at the Raptors

Fred VanVleet initially was a reserve point guard on the Raptors side. Eventually as his NBA career progressed, he became an important two-way player for the Raptors who can lead the scoring charge off the bench.

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He played a pivotal role in the 2018-19 NBA season, where the Raptors trumped the Golden State Warriors. During their run to the Finals, VanVleet hit multiple clutch 3-pointers and showed how valuable he truly is to the Raptors.

Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors runs with the ball during the Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Sun NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on February 21, 2020 in Toronto, Canada (Toronto Raptors won 118-101) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With their Finals star Kawhi Leonard going to the Clippers, VanVleet had to up his offensive game. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 38.8 percent from the 3-point line. This was also his first season as a full-time starter.

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VanVleet has become a mainstay in Nick Nurse’s side. VanVleet entered the free agency for a better salary. Toronto certainly realized how important he has been to their squad. So it seems like it was a win-win for all parties involved.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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