To say it’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Dwight Buycks would be an understatement. At the start of July, he was just another unsigned NBA Summer League attendee – a 24-year-old point guard out Marquette by way of France making his way down to Orlando with nothing but a Thunder team invite.

Now, he’s a signed NBA player, the summer league’s breakout point guard, and one of the newest Toronto Raptors. What a difference a month makes.

Luckily for the Republic, Dwight’s newfound fame and workload didn’t stop him from responding to the Tweets (side note: follow Dwight on Twitter here), and then e-mails, of a near-anonymous Raptor blogger (hi!). And thus, I am proud to present an exclusive e-mail interview with Raptors backup point guard, French ProA league MVP, and Republic favourite Dwight Buycks.

Oh wait, you say? You want a highlight video to get you excited? OK, well I guess I can oblige:

Now that you’re sufficiently pumped that Masai has found a gem amidst the typical summer league fodder, read on. My questions are in bold, and Dwight’s answers follow:

{25FCBE08-3BBD-44CC-A2CC-202833C5CF20}big_vGH: You took the long road to the NBA – first playing in the D-League, and then overseas in France. How does it feel to finally sign your first NBA contract?

DB: It feels great to finally sign a contract. It’s a dream come true, and for me, it just shows the hard work I put in non-stop until I got to the point in my life where I can say that I finally got a contract.

GH: It must have been difficult to keep pushing for the NBA after a few unsuccessful attempts at securing a contract. How did you manage to stay focused? Was there ever a time where you considered giving up on the NBA?

DB: It was a different route for me. My main thing was just to keep pushing – and staying around positive people. I just wanted to always keep working and working on my game, so that when the chance presented itself to me again, I’m ready and not unprepared.

GH: How have your first impressions of Toronto, and the Raptors organization, been?

DB: It’s been great. The coaches, players, and fans have all welcomed me like no other. It’s definitely a humbling feeling for me and I appreciate it. Everyone seems excited and that’s good, and motivation for me to keep working.

GH: A poll on the Republic right now has our readers preferring you as the backup point. Have you spoken to Coach Casey about your role on the Raptors? How do you think you fit in?

DB: My main thing is to work my butt off from day one and compete every single day to give myself a chance – and we will see what happens.

GH: You’ve obviously been working very hard on your game over the past couple years – your impressive performances in summer league confirm that. What kind of player can Raptor fans expect when Dwight Buycks steps onto the court?

DB: Expect a player that’s going to work hard on both ends of the court. A guy who’s going to always give 110%.


GH: Now that summer league is over and training camp is a ways away, what are your plans for the next couple months?

DB: I will be working out back home with my trainer. Making sure I’m working constantly.

GH: Finally: Anything you’d┬álike to say to Raptor fans?

DB: Thanks to all the fans that’s supporting me and my drive. I will be ready to go, and giving my all when my number is called!

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  • Nilanka15

    I never thought I’d say this, but I think the battle for backup PG duties will actually be an interesting storyline to follow this season.

    • arsenalist

      Isn’t it every year?

      • Sam Holako

        Different this year. There is a clear alpha, with a dog fight for the backup role. I’m actually looking forward to this.

        • ddfrnk

          No, the dog will be starting while the pedal-driven mode of transportation will compete with Christian theologian

        • raptorspoo

          For backup role??

          I’m so disenchanted with Lowry’s style of play that I hope that he can nab the spot away from Lowry. He’s like a Bayless type player but to be honest, I’d even prefer Bayless.

          • Garrett Hinchey

            To be fair, Bradford Doolittle just ranked Lowry in the top 10 PGs in the league next season based on his projections – ahead of Ty Lawson, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio among others (insider):

            • raptorspoo

              The guy must be thinking of overall point production rather than complimenting the team.

              Or he’s just on crack. Seriously.

              What was the rankings based on? Cause he ranked Lowry higher than a pg who could’ve been playoff mvp if not hurt.

      • smh

        Noooo! You’re going to jinx Lowry saying that

  • SR

    I like the attitude guys come with from overseas/D-League. It’s refreshing.

    • smh

      I like the fact that he seems really eager and excited to play in Toronto.

  • rapierraptor

    He’s hungry. I like it. I wish he told us a little more about what type of player he thinks he is and what he needs to work on but either way he’s earnest.

    • Garrett Hinchey

      Same. He was pretty contrite with his responses – that’s one of the issues with doing an e-mail interview, I guess.

      Either way, he sounds determined as hell. Hopefully he carries that attitude into/through the season and beyond.

      • rapierraptor

        Agreed. Thanks for making this happen. Can’t wait for the season to start.

      • guest

        Contrite? Did you mean concise or trite? I agree with the hope that he keeps that attitude throughout, as that means there’s a hungry guy on the roster pushing the guys with the multiyear deals to compete for playing time, regardless of whether he turns out to be a legit NBA backup or starter, or not.

        • Garrett Hinchey

          Whoops. I meant concise. Here I am, the purported journalist, trying to use words I don’t know the meaning of.

          Well played, guest. Well played.

          • Guest

            Hope it didn’t come across as a smackdown, that wasn’t the intent. I figured it was just a slip of the keyboard but I thought you’d want to clarify what you meant to write. Much respect to you and the RR Front Office for spending the time and putting yourselves out there to inform and entertain long suffering Raps fans like moi.

            • Garrett Hinchey

              It certainly didn’t! I appreciate the clarification, otherwise, I don’t know if I even knew what I wanted to write there!