With a record of 48-33, the Toronto Raptors have been on of the league’s biggest surprises this season. They have clinched the Atlantic Division title and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If they defeat the New York Knicks Wednesday or the Chicago Bulls lose to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Raptors will clinch the third seed.
Two of the biggest reason for their success are forward Patrick Patterson and guard Greivis Vasquez, who were acquired in the Rudy Gay deal.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM, both Patterson and Vasquez would like to stay with the Raptors.
Winning does this for any organization. After Chris Bosh left in 2010, the Raptors dwelled toward the bottom of the league, free agents losing sight of the city’s draw and fans’ backing. And now, they’ll be a desired destination.
“I wouldn’t mind staying with the Raptors at all,” Patterson told RealGM. “Toronto is a great city, and it has great basketball fans, which surprised me the most when I got here. I didn’t know the fan support was so great in Toronto.”
“If we stay together for three, four years … woo, this team will be scary,” Vasquez said. “We just got to stay humble.”
Patterson is averaging 8.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while Vasquez is putting up 9.6 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.