Wednesday, August 10 2022

Toronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes will start on Wednesday in the regular-season opener versus the Washington Wizards, the team announced prior to the contest.

Barnes finished the preseason by averaging 9.8 points, 5.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocked shots on 46.8% shooting from the field. He led the rookie class in assists, while he also paced the Raptors in that category.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said early in training camp that Barnes would have the opportunity to log heavy minutes this season. The team likes the energy and effort he plays with while they also believe he can make an impact on both ends of the floor.

Toronto will also start Fred VanVleet, Goran Dragic, OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa.

Barnes brought such infectious energy and effort onto the court with the Raptors during the preseason and will now have the opportunity to do so as a starter this season. With a large role on tap, Barnes could emerge as one of the top rookies throughout the course of the year.

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