“At times it can be difficult,” Fields said. “But I think when you understand your worth and when teams instill that worth in you knowing you do these things well and the intangibles in your game might not show up in the stats sheet. When they know that and bank on you for those certain reasons, stats kind of go out the window. You just want to go out there and perform to the best of your ability and hopefully win.”
These are the values Raptors head coach Dwane Casey puts a premium on and represents how he wants his team to play going forward. Fields was signed to that offer sheet by the Raptors because he is a Casey-type player and Fields signed in Toronto because he can see how he fits in.
“There are not many egos here and everybody wants to do what they can to win,” Fields said. “Coach Casey, I have spoken to him a couple of times and he seems the same way.
“If everybody buys into what they need to do and what they can bring to the table, we are ready to compete with anybody.”
The Raptors are going to be a very different team from the defensively unaware squad that couldn’t stop anyone two seasons ago or the injury-plagued transitional team of last season. Colangelo has avoided his earlier attempts to quick-fix his team with name-players of questionable health or work ethic and gone after those known for their defense and hard work. Fields may not develop into the next Battier, but he is the closest talent the Raptors have acquired since Garbajosa went down to potentially fulfilling that role.