Chris Boucher broke the Raptors 905 scoring record earlier this season when he scored 37 points in a game. He topped his own record by scoring 47 points to set another franchise record, as well as the G League season-high for points in game.
Boucher landed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors this offseason and has been dominating in the G League ever since. So who is Chris Boucher?
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Boucher was born was born on Jan. 11, 1993 (25 years old) in Castries, Saint Lucia.
He went to New Mexico Junior College for one year before transferring to Northwest College in Wyoming. At Northwest College, he was named NJCAA Player of the Year after averaging 22.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game. He then transferred one final time to University of Oregon where he played for two seasons.
In his first season at Oregon, he set a program record for blocks in a season with 110. He averaged 12.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game helping the Ducks get to the Elite Eight. In his second season, he posted 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, but tore his ACL and was forced to miss the remainder of the season after playing 31 games.
After going undrafted at the 2017 NBA Draft, he signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. He played in 20 games with their G League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Boucher made his NBA debut with the Golden State Warriors on March 14, 2018, playing one minute and recording one rebound.
He signed a two-way contract with the Raptors this offseason and has spent the majority of his time with the Raptors 905 - he is currently averaging 27.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game. He has made three appearances with the Toronto Raptors, scoring his first NBA basket on Oct. 29, 2018 versus the Milwaukee Bucks. He had six points on two shots, making four of his six free throw attempts. His NBA career-high in rebounds is three and his career-high in blocks is two.
At 6-foot-10, Boucher is a versatile and athletic forward/centre with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He runs the floor extremely well, can handle the ball and is an elite shot blocker. He can knock down shots from the perimeter (33.3 percent in the G League) which spaces the floor well when he plays the five.
With Jonas Valanciunas expected to miss at least a month after undergoing surgery on his dislocated left thumb, Boucher should fit in seamlessly with Toronto's fast paced offence while being able to give Serge Ibaka a rest, taking over rim protecting duties when necessary.