Marc Gasol | 13.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.4 apg
Firmly in the twilight of his career, Gasol projects as a high usage big man on the perimeter spacing the floor for his more athletic teammates to cut to the hoop from the wings. Expect to see Gasol used in a lot of pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop action along with being used as the spot-up shooter and roller in horns sets. He is that versatile.
On the defensive end, Gasol will anchor the paint affecting shots from all angles whilst being a cannibal on the glass. A former All-NBA Defender, Gasol is more than capable of leading a team to multiple closeouts per possession if required.
Pascal Siakam | 16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg
The player most likely to line up alongside Gasol, and he is just as versatile. Finishing last season with a 36.9 percent three-point average, he is able to spread the floor, which is a prerequisite of the modern pace and space NBA.
Having both Spicy P and Gasol in the frontcourt allows for multiple play types to be run whilst keeping defenses guessing. If he can add more elements to his defensive repertoire while improving his timing when cutting off drag screens, he will be a force in the league for a long time.
Kyle Lowry | 14.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 8.7 apg
Lowry proved all his critics wrong last season, having entered the playoffs with a reputation as a choke artist. Performing admirably throughout the postseason while playing a key role in the team’s championship run.
Entering a contract year, Lowry will want to prove he can guide a contending team to a deep playoff run again in the future – be that Toronto or some other team. His all-action selfless type of play is a coach’s dream. Couple that with his ability to score in bunches, Lowry is poised to make people take notice this year.
OG Anunoby | 7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.7 apg
Having played back-up to Kawhi last year, Anunoby’s production took a big hit. He went from starting 62 games in his rookie season to only 6 last year, now he has a point to prove.
The 6ft 8 small forward is long and athletic, given more reps at this level, he should improve his all-around game. While he will not be a big influence this year, he requires this exposure in order to take his game to the next level.