After a dominant NBA G League season with Raptors 905 (one in which he was named league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year), Chris Boucher again showed off his ever-improving skillset on Monday against the San Antonio Spurs at MGM Resorts Summer League. Boucher scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, at times single-handedly keeping the Raptors close in an eventual 93-90 loss. Over his first two NBA Summer League games, the 6’ 10” forward has averaged 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
For those who watched Boucher last year, the performances should come as no surprise. He averaged a remarkable 27.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks on 51% shooting for the minor league squad. The big man led the league in blocks per game while finishing third in scoring and seventh in rebounds per game. He dominated on both sides of the ball, forming a dynamic duo with fellow Toronto Raptors Two-Way Player Jordan Loyd.
As the season went on, Boucher had his contract converted by Toronto into a standard pact, and went on to play in 28 games for the Raptors. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds, highlighted by a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 9th.
The 26-year-old has been in the public eye ever since he transferred to the University of Oregon from junior college before the start to the 2015-16 season. He reached the Elite Eight as a member of the Ducks his junior year, and was a key contributor in 2017 before an ACL tear forced him to sit out and watch his squad eventually lose in the Final Four.
The Golden State Warriors signed Boucher to a Two-Way Contract as he made his way back from injury and began his professional career. He immediately became a standout for the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the 2017-18 season, but only appeared in one NBA game for Golden State. It was with the Raptors that Boucher truly blossomed into the kind of NBA G League force that set the foundation for a potential big league career. Raptors 905 went 20-8 with him on the court, but only 9-13 without. His impact was loud and clear.
Expect to see plenty more of Boucher in Las Vegas, as the Raptors look to run offense through their emerging big man. He also continues to show off his defensive prowess protecting the rim with authority.
The NBA G League star turned NBA champion is looking like yet another member of the Raptors 905 who can play a big role in Toronto in the near future.