Some of these players are legitimate stars, and some of them are role players. Wood had played productive minutes in the NBA before, but he had never earned a coaching staff’s trust, made 3s consistently or had a featured role. 1FGR.63PQ.2
Let’s say I traveled back in time to October and told you someone would score 39 points on 14-for-20 shooting in a Clippers-Sixers game televised on ABC. How many guesses would it take before you landed on Milton? Brett Brown moved him into the starting lineup in late January out of necessity, and it almost immediately became clear that he needed to play real minutes even if Philadelphia was at full strength. 6
One of many reasons the Raptors had a better winning percentage than they did in their championship season: Every team is desperate for multipositional players who can shoot, and they found one who went undrafted.