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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on his fit with the Toronto Raptors: 'I feel like I can contribute in ways that they love'

Now that he has officially signed with the Toronto Raptors, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went on TSN's OverDrive to talk about his fit on the team.

"I really see myself just coming in, competing and working my butt off to be able to compete for a spot," Hollis-Jefferson said. "Nothing's given to you, no matter what or whatever, so I just feel like I gotta come in and earn everything.

"I feel like I can help them defensively, I feel like I can contribute in ways that they love, whether that's pushing the ball off the rebound or getting big stops. I feel like I can contribute in those ways, so it'll be exciting to see."

Hollis-Jefferson then expanded on the impact he believes he can make defensively.

"Absolutely," Hollis-Jefferson responded when asked if he thinks Toronto's defensive mindset helped him become a Raptor.

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"It's something I always held my head high about in terms of stopping my man because I'm from a place where we take a lot of pride in someone - if you're getting killed, like someone scores 20 on you or 30 on you, you're getting clowned for the next day, two days, so it was always something I held my head high with when it came down to guarding the man on the other side.

"I definitely feel like that's something I can really come in and contribute at."

Hollis-Jefferson said he thought he might be drafted by the Raptors with the No. 20 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The Raptors chose Delon Wright instead and Hollis-Jefferson was selected three picks later by the Portland Trail Blazers, only to soon be traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Hollis-Jefferson played four seasons with the Nets, averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He's not much of a shooter, but he's earned the reputation of being a hard worker who can do a little bit of everything on both ends of the court, giving him the tools to complement Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol well as a small-ball power forward.

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