Kids Newsletter

Get To Know: Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet


Fred VanVleet has become the definition of hard work.

VanVleet came to Toronto as an undrafted rookie and has since turned himself into a household name and NBA champion.

VanVleet is working on an All-Star calibre season this year, averaging career-highs of 22.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

If you haven't voted yet, and believe VanVleet is worthy of being an All-Star, now is the time to do it.


VanVleet is the subject of this month's Get to Know.

Get to Know: Fred VanVleet

After a solid four-year college career at Wichita State, VanVleet went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.

VanVleet joined the Raptors' 2016 Summer League team hoping to get a shot at making the main roster in training camp. After impressing at Summer League, VanVleet would sign a multi-year deal with the Raptors. He later earned a spot on the 15-man roster to start the season.

Minutes were hard to come by for VanVleet in his rookie season, but he was able to open eyes and develop by going to the G League and playing on a talented Raptors 905 team that featured the likes of Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright. That year, the 905 went 39-11 and cruised to a G League championship, losing just one game in the playoffs.

After proving himself in the G League, VanVleet had earned a spot in the rotation on the main roster in his second season in the league. VanVleet appeared in 76 of the team's 82 games coming off the bench.

In year three in the NBA, VanVleet had his breakout season, appearing in the starting lineup for a handful of games and becoming one of the team's most reliable shooters. VanVleet was one of the key pieces to Toronto's 2019 championship run and will forever be immortalized in Raptors history with his clutch performance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Now, VanVleet is one of the leaders on a Raptors squad looking to get back to the mountaintop.

With the stats to back it up, this year could be the year VanVleet calls himself an All-Star.

Not bad for an undrafted rookie.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

More from

Tatum erupts for 51 to break out of slump
Gilbert McGregor
Anthony Davis, Frank Vogel
AD (knee) remains out for Lakers
Kyle Irving
Lillard: "Not in a rush" to return from surgery
Scott Rafferty
Preview: Raptors look to keep rolling vs. Blazers
Kyle Irving
Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks)
Budenholzer defends Grayson Allen
Nick Metallinos
Devin Booker, Bismack Biyombo (Phoenix Suns)
Suns finding ways to win without Ayton
Nick Metallinos
More News