In a move that has been widely expected, but is still fun and fantastic, the Raptors have converted Chris Boucher’s two-way deal to a full NBA contract.

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In a move that has been widely expected, but is still fun and fantastic, the Raptors have converted Chris Boucher’s two-way deal to a full NBA contract.

The Montreal-born Boucher has been frankly killing it in the G-League. He can put the ball on the floor and take practically any G-League center off the dribble. He’s a shooter averaging 31.2 percent from deep, but many of his attempts are end-of-clock hand grenades that blow up in his face; he’d be about a league average shooter if the offence didn’t rely on his skills to such a large extent. He has been putting up potentially one of the greatest G-League seasons of all time. He has averaged 27.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 4.0 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. Those even belie how ridiculous his advanced stats have been; the dude contributes to winning, at the G-League level, in an almost unprecedented way.

In the NBA, Boucher’s weaknesses are slightly more pronounced. He is incredibly slim, and bigger forwards can back him underneath the rim and score fairly easily. Boucher’s incredible length can be countered by bigger centers like Jusuf Nukic, as players that size don’t exist in the G-League. Furthermore, Boucher doesn’t have the most awareness on the court, and the intricacies of NBA offences and defences can sometimes go over his head. He hasn’t been playing the game for as long as other NBA players.