Bet on Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet to make his opponents look downright silly this season.
VanVleet temporarily paused the Markelle Fultz Redemption Tour, embarrassing Orlando’s guard with a devastating crossover, then added insult to injury by completing the play with a 3-pointer.
It’s somewhat poetic given that VanVleet — who went undrafted in 2016 only to emerge as a core member of the Raptors’ championship team — did this to Fultz, who is failing to live up to his expected potential when the Philadelphia 76ers took him first overall in 2017.
VanVleet shot 50 percent from 3-point range through Toronto’s first three games of the season and while that eye-popping number is the function of a small sample size, he’s quickly ascending into star territory. It’s worth noting, however, that VanVleet’s highlight-reel play was his lone 3-pointer during the 104-95 victory, going 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. He finished with 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and three turnovers.
By now, we know VanVleet is forever motivated by his draft slight. Even with a championship ring in tow, his early play is another example of hard work paying dividends for the Raptors.
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