You might recall Steve Novak as the guy we brought in to fix the 26th ranked 3-point percentage. He’s played 16 minutes and has featured in only three games, while the Raptors remain in the bottom-third (21st) in 3-point percentage. Approximately 25% of Raptors FGs are threes, which is the same as last year.

Landry Fields’ improved play has affected Novak’s playing time which is fair, however, I find it hard to believe that the Raptors can’t find use for a career 43% three-point shooter (to be fair, he has had a minor back issue). I’m not advocating starting a #freenovak thing, but merely ask the question that perhaps if the Raptors do intend to play an iso-heavy offense, somebody who can space the floor might be helpful. As Lowry indicates:

“This is a different team. We are not going to have a high amount of assists because of the players we have. We have individual players — guys who create for themselves. Your assist totals are never going to be as high as they can be because the guys we have, while they catch and shoot sometimes, they are best at playmaking and putting the ball on the floor. And no one is going to complain about that because they are pretty damn good.”

As blaspheme as that statement might sound to team-ball enthusiasts, it advocates the need for floor-spacing and I can’t find anyone better than Novak to help out.

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11 Responses to “#WheresSteveNovak”

  1. ibleedpurple

    I’ve been wondering this myself but then again the Raptors have and always will have a way of defying logic. That and the fact that Casey is still at the helm which I suppose is another example of the Raps defying logic.

    • robertparrish00

      yeah it’s ridiculous. I was looking forward to seeing him play, but he found Casey’s bench…and unless your name is Alan Anderson, you aren’t getting off it.

      • beaverboi

        It still boggles my mind how AA got SO much playing time? Was he in possession of a picture of DC naked with a donkey???

  2. Bendit

    I wouldnt put much stock into that reply by Lowry (an answer about why the lack of assists). Remember he is the starting point guard and he was simultaneously defending his low stats in that dept. while not trying to shit all over his team mates and Casey. His spin was commendable actually. That said the point is well taken but there has been a lot of weird stuff been occurring so far with the team.

  3. Roarque

    Perhaps Masai doesn’t want to risk injury to Novak before packaging him with Rudy in a trade? I mean, his rep as a three point gunslinger isn’t going to improve with more game minutes and he very well may be injured. What contender doesn’t want a 43% three point specialist for the extended NBA playoff “season”?

  4. Pong

    I’m a fan of Lowry, but I have to admit that’s some BS. Wade and Lebron are superior at putting the ball on the floor, but you don’t see them with 1 or 2 assists each. When either Rudy or Demar has the ball, the other guy can’t just stand around. There needs to be more player movement and cuts to the rim. I can’t even say i’ve seen the raptors run plays involving backdoor cuts…

  5. HogyG

    The boys definitely made Lowry’s words ring true tonight. They certainly looked pretty damn good against the Grizzlies!



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