Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez, of Venezuela, warms up before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Toronto Raptors’ Greivis Vasquez a trick-or-treat player | National Post

The very nature of Vasquez’s preferred shots make him the ultimate trick-or-treat player — he can be extremely effective or look extraordinarily awful on any given night. In both of the Raptors’ recent multiple-overtime losses, Vasquez was essential. On Feb. 27 against Washington, he went 11 of 19 from the floor, and his success opened the floor up for others. In last Friday’s game against Oklahoma City, he shot 9 of 11 before fouling out in the second overtime. The Raptors probably would have won that game if he stayed on the floor, replaced instead by John Salmons. Since that game, however, Vasquez is shooting just 33%. The reserve unit that he often heads has been struggling badly without the injured Patrick Patterson. Accordingly, he said he will try to diversify his offence in the off-season, working harder on his three-point shot — he shoots a below-average 33% from beyond the arc for his career. Yet, there is something nice about seeing a player trying to make it in the league.

Greivis Vasquez Compares Himself to Manu Ginobili, Jason Kidd and Andre Miller | Bleacher Report

“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. 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.” Vasquez added Andre Miller to the list of guards who manage to succeed despite lacking elite foot speed. Those might sound like ambitious comparisons, but Vasquez emphasized the extent to which he was still learning the game, noting, “I think I’m going to be the point guard that I want to be in this league eventually.” He has some time, especially playing behind Kyle Lowry in Toronto. At the moment, Vasquez is averaging 8.6 points and 3.7 assists per game, a decrease commensurate with his role being reduced from his days in New Orleans.

Raptors Greivis Vasquez Loves This City, This Team | Pro Bball Report

Toronto is going to need Vasquez’s ‘A’ game to be successful in the postseason. The 6’6 guard has proven to be a great change of pace and style from starting point guard Kyle Lowry and when Vasquez is hitting his shots, the Raptors can go to a very effective two point guard line-up that allows Lowry to play off the ball. Toronto has won some games with big fourth quarter performances from Vasquez already and this is one player that wants to be in the big moments. “I can tell you this, I am not afraid at all,” Vasquez said. “I am not going to be afraid of the moment. I like big moments and that’s just my personality since college. I just got to do whatever it takes to help the team win games. Whenever my name is called, I am just going to go out there and do my job. I am ready to go. It’s all about confidence and believing in yourself and I got all of that.”

For Raptors, playoffs will be a whole new ball game | Toronto Sun

No one knows how players such as DeRozan, who has never appeared in a playoff game, will react when the pressure intensifies and virtually every possession is do or die. Not many teams start two second-year players, but in Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross there’s a wild-card factor any team will have to adjust. During one possession in Boston, Valanciunas and Ross ran an inside/outside sequence that showed patience, the kind of basketball the post-season demands. When adjustments are required as teams take away first and second options, Valanciunas has to be assertive in the post, while Ross cannot be settling for his jumper.

  • Boko

    Which Raptor complements DeMar & Terrance more: John, Steve or Nando? We need to know by playoff time, don`t we?

    • Guest

      I think Nando. Neither Demar nor Ross are above average playmakers so Novak won’t be used as much as he should be. Nando moves the ball really well compared to John Salmons. If he can just stop making those boneheaded plays, I think Nando de Yolo can be the most useful of the three.

      • Boko

        I`m glad to see you write that. I was concerned that we`d be forced to watch John & Steve. I want to see what Nando has to offer. He seems to be more of a well-rounded basketball player.

    • A G

      D) Landry

      • Boko

        At this point, Landry is a `List` player, isn`t he?! (along with Dwight & Julyan)

  • Bawse
    • GoingBig

      American media has a shallow view of any team outside of the top 8. They have to deal with someone who is a game-changer; most times it’s as if they fall from the sky rather than have the steady progress we’ve seen from DeRozan.

      While everyone talks about TRoss and JV and play-off experience, DeRozan still has some learning to do when the stakes & the pressure are much higher.

  • Rapchat

    Haha not that I agree but, the term “greatest asset” sure does rhyme with one of our more controversial players… dont know why I thought of that…lol

  • Mexiballer

    I still think that Vasquez will choke at some point in the playoffs. It scares me when he says that he is “not afraid of the big moment.” There is real confidence, and then there is puffy, blustery, feigned confidence. The kind that Vasquez has. If he would just take care of the ball, make good decisions, not turn the ball over, and shoot the open three he would be doing his job in the playoffs. Its his hero complex that scares me. If that takes over, we get the erratic out of control Vasquez that can choke, especially in the big moments.

    • Mando

      And how do you what kind of confidence the man has?

      • Mexiballer

        There isnt a factual measurement for confidence is there? Its my
        opinion. I formed that opinion by what I see from his play on the floor
        and what I hear him say in interviews. When he was given the opportunity
        the other night against Cleveland to show himself with the game on the
        line, he froze, his legs turned to stone and he fell over backwards. In
        my opinion…that was a choke, and confirmed what I believed about all
        of his talk being just that, talk. I personally believe he would be way
        better served by not saying things like, “we have two starting point guards on this
        team”…”Im not afraid of the big moment”…”you will see a different
        Grieves Vasquez from now on”. In my opinion he appears like a guy who
        wants to be the hero. If he would just learn how to play solid
        consistent ball, he could let his play speak for itself and maybe it
        would stop his game from being so inconsistent and erratic.

        • acfaubs

          I actually fully agree. It kind of scares me when he says things like, “There are two starting point guards on this team.” As much as he talks about how much he loves this squad for its unselfishness and team play, saying things like that makes me nervous he’s thinking a little bit about himself first and foremost. As in, if we want to re-sign Lowry AND keep Vasquez as the back-up, at some point, he may sour on that pecking order.

          • Mexiballer

            Yeah…I think the thing that bothers me most about him saying something like that is how it sounds in the locker room to rest of his team mates. Everyone knows that Kyle Lowry is the only starting point guard on this team. I just see it as another case of where Vasquez likes to shine his own spurs, which he likes to do often.

          • asifyouknow

            Let me give you a hint they are both gone..lol..

            Here is a post from:
            “Chris Boussard 20h 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.”

            • noname

              umm ya thats Chris Broussard… and Vasquez had already stated that he loves it here and the team really likes each other. So unless someone does something stupid and offer him 8 mill or something, or if he asks for anything more than 4-5 mill, then he is staying in toronto.

  • gizzly73

    I like Vasquez because he has confidence, is big, and not as slow as he looks. Swagger is good especially for a p guard! Dont forget, Raps, imho, are having a great season and he is a large part of that. Would you trade him straight up for Rudy? I think not.

  • asifyouknow

    I love some of you guys and your theory in Vaz…lol.. Everybody in the media complements the guy , they all say Vaz is one of the reason for the turn around and yet some of you continue with the mindless silliness ( in taking the high road on this). The guy is here for the rest of the year , they guy will play! So get over it.
    Next year you will be looking for two PG. Good luck.

    Here is a quote from an article on NBC sports:

    “On the court, they certainly play like they’ve known each other for years. Since the Raptors traded for traded for Vasquez in the Rudy Gay deal, the two point guards have played 414 minutes together with stellar results:

    Offensive rating: 108.3 (3.1 better than Toronto’s season mark)

    Defensive rating: 94.7 (6.8 better than Toronto’s season mark)

    Net rating: +13.6 (10.0 better than Toronto’s season mark)

    No Eastern Conference duo has played together that much and produced such a high net rating this season.”
    Enough said.

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