Most Raptors fans assumed that the team would pursue an older, veteran type point guard to play behind Kyle Lowry as the primary backup.
Then most fans assumed that the team would find said veteran point guard to act as an insurance policy as a third stringer behind Lowry and Julyan Stone.
Wrong again, as on Friday, reports emerged that the Raptors have added point guard Dwight Buycks, who just finished off a four-game stint with Oklahoma City’s Summer League team in Orlando (where he averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in about 21 minutes).
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For what it’s worth, the Thunder were also reportedly interested in bringing Buycks in as their third point guard.
The 24-year-old Marquette product went undrafted in 2011 before enjoying a cup of coffee (28 games) with the D-League’s Tulsa franchise in the 2011-12 season. Most recently, Buycks enjoyed a successful season in France with BCM Gravelines, where he averaged 17 points on 46 per cent shooting and 36 per cent three-point shooting in 51 games.
Like Stone, I haven’t seen Buycks play before, and the only thing we can really deduce from the numbers available is that Buycks is a fairly consistent three-point shooter. But as Eric Koreen mentioned earlier, for a young team, there’s nothing wrong with taking a chance on an unproven young player as opposed to taking a chance on a veteran who you know won’t do much for you.
On that note, here’s hoping Stone and Buycks prove to be solid depth additions at point and less like the infamous Will Solomon/Quincy Douby experiment of the 2008-09 season.
In any event, with a couple of unproven 24-year-olds brought in to back him up, this seems to be a clear message that from a point guard standpoint, the Raptors are going to be Kyle Lowry’s team.
I’m cool with that. You?
UPDATE: Perhaps this sheds some light on things. Doug Smith reports that Julyan Stone ”has physical issues and won’t sign now.” If Stone’s issues take him out of the mix, then signing another inexperienced young point guard doesn’t seem that odd, as Buycks would simply be sliding into the spot the team originally had planned for Stone.