Nov 28, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez (21) talks to forwardJames Johnson
(3) against the Dallas Mavericks at Air Canada Centre. The Mavericks beat the Raptors 106-102. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
The most important thing about the acquisition of Vasquez is how he could help those around him to flourish when he’s on the court. Vasquez will represent enough of a threat both with the ball in his hands, and playing off the ball as a shooter, that it will create chances for his more talented teammates to score.
Vasquez is a skilled passer who averages an impressive 7.3 passes per 36 minutes over his NBA career. Once again if we return to the 2012-13 season where Vasquez had an expanded role, you get a full sense of what he’s capable of as a passer.
Vasquez averaged 9.0 assists per game that season, surrounded by a distinctly mediocre supporting cast. That mark was good enough for third in the league that season, only trailing Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. That’s an impressive pedigree.
There’s no reason to believe that Vasquez can’t excel again, in whatever his role proves to be. With talent like Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to play with, that could well be to the benefit of all parties involved too.
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