The Toronto Raptors 2021-22 roster is beginning to take shape following the 2021 NBA Draft and the start of free agency.
When you look at the team, top to bottom, there appears to be a trend taking place.
In a day and age where versatility is prominent in the NBA, the Raptors seem to be shaping their roster around long, switchy players who can defend multiple positions to keep up with the pace of today's play.
Among 15 players who are currently under contract, all but three of them are 6-foot-5 or taller. They also have eight different players that are 6-foot-8 or taller, and it will be a spectacle to see the lengthy lineups head coach Nick Nurse can put together.
Below, you can find the measurements of each player under contract with the Raptors, organized by height from tallest to smallest.
|Gary Trent Jr.||6-5||6-9|
The Raptors have eight (!) players with wingspans over 7-feet. Only three players on the roster have a wingspan under 6-foot-9, and this list doesn't even include rookie guard Dalano Banton (he hasn't officially signed a contract yet), who is 6-foot-9 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan.
Toronto's size and length will surely cause problems for teams defensively, being able to fluidly switch everything and get hands in passing lanes for steals and deflections or disrupt shots at the rim.
The idea that Nurse could comfortably roll out a lineup of five different players with 7-plus-foot wingspans is terrorizing to think about.
It's becoming clear what the Raptors' game plan is just by looking at their roster measurements.
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