Greivis Vasquez, the Raptors’ highly entertaining point guard was quizzed about which NBA player he likens himself to and he singled out future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili (pay wall) as someone who he models his “crazy” shots after:

I see myself like Manu Ginobili. He hits some crazy shots because he’s very crafty — probably with more athleticism than me. You’re always trying to pick up things from different players.

No doubt contemplating his lack of foot speed, he drew another comparison, to yet another Hall of Famer who succeeded despite not having the speed of a cheetah, Jason Kidd.

Jason Kidd: At the end of his career, he wasn’t the fastest guy. But he was smart. He knew how to play the game. That’s something I wanted to reflect in my game.

It’s clear that Vasquez sees himself as a smart, slow, dude who has a place in the NBA. Vasquez refused to blame God for his physical shortcomings, pointing to yet another potential Hall of Famer as someone he relates to:

“I love the game. I study the game so much. It’s an example for young kids that you don’t have to jump out of the gym to be in this league. Andre Miller — he’s another guy that’s been in the league for so long. He’s not fast, but he still does his job. I think I’m going to be the point guard that I want to be in this league eventually.”

If Greivis Vasquez was a compound element, he’d be made of bits of Kidd, Ginobili and Miller, with a dash of Roko Ukic for good measure. It should be noted that Vasquez is out of contract for next season with the Raptors yet to exercise a $3.2 million qualifying offer. However, with aspirations such as above, he is sure to find a home. As is indicated by the current poll on the site, fans clearly want him back for next season.  Raptors Republic shares that sentiment, despite Vasquez being the source of multiple heart attacks and consistent high blood pressure for the writing staff this season.

Truth be told, Vasquez’s shot-making ability has saved the Raptors multiple times this season, especially in late-game situations.  His combination play with Kyle Lowry has been excellent, and has almost made fans look past his defensive shortcomings.  As noted on the weekly podcast by Andrew, he’s likely to look for a starting gig next season, but is likely to remain a backup, albeit a very capable one.  RR urges readers to look past his one-handed hook shots, or early-clock threes as necessary evils for his overall effectiveness.

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  • DDayLewis

    As a member of the said writing staff, who also has functional eyes, I second the heart attack claims.

    Also, if anyone wants to bypass the paywall, read Eric Koreen’s take here:

    • asifyouknow

      Something I put up on my FanNation blog….see if you find it interesting:

    • arsenalist

      That didn’t bypass the paywall at all for me.

      • DDayLewis

        I….somehow read the word “Insider” from your intro that made no mention of insider whatsoever. Thursdays are tough.

  • StabbyRaccoon

    As flawed as a player he is, his contract is a steal and he has been no small part in making the Raptors successful this year. It may not always seem like he’s a lights-out guard, but compared with the other options prior to the trade he’s a godsend. You don’t have to worry about the entire offense collapsing the second Lowry sits down.

    And damn, damn damn damn, that haircut. Slick.

    • why

      The guy has bailed out The Raps numerous times when they have come out flat and saved their bacon. The Raptors are 34-19 since he arrived so he can’t be doing that much damage.

      personally, I think the back-up point guard standard he is being held to by the fan base is 2006-2007 Jose Calderon which is about as good as you will ever get from a BU.

  • or nah?

    So sad.

  • asifyouknow

    I was shocked 75% of the Toronto fans want him here . I only deal with this site as a connection to Raptors fans and from the comments I’ve read here this season, if didnt know the players game, I have to assume the guys is a bum.
    If Casey comes back both Kyle and Greivis will be gone…Just guessing…lol

    • afrocarter

      Ugh. I can’t downvote this comment enough.

  • afrocarter

    I love it. If Vasquez is looking to pattern his game off of these three players, he will be in this league for a very long time. I especially am drawn to the possibility of him becoming a younger version of Andre Miller. Who wouldn’t want to have a player like that on their team (coming off the bench)?

  • asifyouknow

    “Chris Boussard 1m ago – +
    He wants to be like Jason Kidd. He sees himself as manu. Completely different. I feel as if Vasquez is leaving, due to reports from my sources.”

  • mauro150611

    Greivis Vasquez is a CRACK, is playing better every day. This showing what he can do. He deserves to be a starter, either in Toronto or another NBA team.

    Sus numeros mejoran cada dia.

    • Real ngg a from the steert

      Starting over LOWRY?

  • mauro150611

    Last 5 games Greivis vasquez:

    MIN: 24.2
    TC%: .463
    TL%: .909
    AST: 3.6