The Raptors made a major deal to resign one of their cornerstones of the team as Norman Powell signed a new four-year deal worth 42 million. Here are my overall thoughts on this deal and what the fans can expect moving forward. Powell averaged 8.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 76 games last season.
In the NBA Draft, every team is able to finds gems that have an impact their team. In 2015, Toronto Raptors selected Norman Powell with the 46th overall pick. He made his presence known against the Pacers and Nets in the NBA Playoffs.
It’s very rare in today’s game to find a two-way player that can play both ends of the floor. The aspect that makes Powell unique is that he does not force anything he lets the game come to him. Powell always does what’s best for this team to win the games.
The Raptors thought that after they signed Demarre Carroll they had officially found they’re small forward. However, Carroll failed to live up to expectations because of his injuries troubles over time. Step in Norman Powell, whether he comes off the bench or he is a starter the fans know they will get the very best out of him.
These were all the similar NBA contracts were provided by Sportsnet to compare it to Powell’s new contract.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: New York Knicks, four years, $71 million, $17.75 million average salary
Kent Bazemore: Atlanta Hawks, four years, $70 million, $17.5 million average salary
Evan Turner: Portland Trail Blazers, four years, $70 million, $17.5 million average salary
J.R. Smith: Cleveland Cavaliers, four years, $57 million, $14.25 million average salary
Joe Ingles: Utah Jazz, four years, $52 million, $13 million average salary
Courtney Lee: New York Knicks, four years, $48 million, $12 million average salary
Terrence Ross: Orlando Magic, three years, $31.5 million, $10.5 million average salary
Iman Shumpert: Cleveland Cavaliers, four years, $40 million, $10 million average salary
Danny Green: San Antonio Spurs, four years, $40 million, $10 million average salary
C.J. Miles: Toronto Raptors, three years, $25 million, $8.3 million average salary
This is a steal of a deal in my opinion and the Raptors saved a lot of money in the process. Powell’s game will affect the Raptors in numerous way defensively and offensively. He will constantly remain on x-factor for Raptors all season long and he will play a massive role wether they go deep or not in the postseason.
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