According to multiple reports the Toronto Raptors have found their final point guard. Masai Ujiri has decided to sign 6’3 point guard Dwight Buycks to a multi-year contract with the Raptors, which will fill the roster. This makes another ‘mystery-man’ signing by Ujiri, evidently using his talent evaluating skills to find unknown talent under cheap contracts.
Buycks, 24, most recently played for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league team (averaging 9.5ppg, 6.0 ast and 2.0 stls) while competing for the third-string point guard position before being picked up by the Raptors. After going undrafted out of Marquette in 2011 he’s had stints in the D-League, summer league and professionally overseas. He won the MVP of the LNB Pro A league in France leading the BCM Gravelines to a 21-9 record, while averaging 18.2ppg & 2.9ast in the 2012-2013 season.
To be honest, I don’t know too much about Buycks, however this is what I was able to grasp from a few videos and his stats. Alongside Julyan Stone, Buycks will be competing for the position of being the primary backup point guard moving forward.
Scoring (averaged 18ppg)
Intangibles (hustle, heart, intensity)
Length (strong and wiry)
Court Vision (averaged 2.9ast overseas)
Decision Making (transitioning from a number one scoring option to floor general)
Shooting Range (shot 38.4% from beyond the arc)
Buycks worked hard to make it to the NBA, so he’ll definitely have a chip on his shoulder a-la Alan Anderson. He does have the potential to break out for some big games if the opportunity arises. His high energy, herky-jerky crossover and his will to get into the paint,will bode well with Raptor fans. High hopes for this young man, hopefully he’ll produce. Welcome to Toronto, Dwight Buycks.