Raptors coach Nick Nurse has all the time had an eye fixed for potential, and he sees that in Valuable Achiuwa. The coach who helped form the All-Star careers of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet spoke extremely of the 22-year-old huge man throughout an look on Hungarian-based basketball podcast Rapcity Keleten-Nyugaton.
“Wait until this yr as a result of each time I see him this summer time on the court docket, it’s whole focus, whole depth,” Nurse stated. “I imply, one thing occurred to him the place he now understands what taking part in within the NBA is about, and he’s on a mission.”
Nurse went on to say that Achiuwa “is de facto gonna take a step up” subsequent season.
Over the summer time, Achiuwa’s been seen coaching together with his teammates in Las Vegas and internet hosting his personal basketball camp in Nigeria (the place he’s been throwing down some ridiculous slams). Nurse clearly loves what he’s seeing.
Achiuwa’s sport took a formidable leap from yr one to yr two, because the Nigeria native averaged 9.1 factors, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per sport final season, appreciable enhancements from his 5-point, 3.4-rebound, and .5-assist averages the yr prior. He additionally confirmed off his capturing stroke (35.9 % from deep final season) after by no means making an attempt a three-pointer throughout his rookie yr.
Achiuwa hit three or extra three-pointers eight instances final season and is now an inside-out scoring menace for Toronto. The previous five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American has discovered his footing in The 6 after being traded from Miami in a sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry final summer time.
With Nurse’s current feedback and his potential to develop expertise, don’t be stunned if Achiuwa’s numbers enhance but once more this upcoming season.
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