Fred VanVleet Rumors

All NBA Players

Again, Miles is a big part of the Raptors’ reserves. But VanVleet, Siakam, Poeltl and Wright have helped make Toronto’s unit into one of the league most potent benches. They’re first in the league in Defensive Rating (100.7) and steals per game (4.0) and third in made 3-pointers per game (4.9). When they’re done, Lowry and DeRozan often are, too. “It was a crazy stretch, seven or eight games, where they didn’t get to play the fourth quarter,” Van Vleet said. “That was big for us, and for our team, keeping those guys fresh down the stretch. There’s times where it’ll be the second quarter. DeMar usually comes in with six or seven minutes left. It’ll be all the way down to three or four before he checks back in. Those guys have been great, being unselfish, letting us kind of rock out when it’s going good, and when it’s not going good, all right, let’s get back in there and settle this thing down. It’s a good balance of both. But we’ve got the utmost trust from our vets, and obviously from the coaching staff.”