Toronto fans may still be in their feelings about Kawhi Leonard's departure, but the arrival of a new Raptor is starting to lift their spirits. The Raptors announced on Monday that the franchise has officially re-signed swingman Patrick McCaw, which might just be the best news to come out of Toronto’s camp all month. The real question is, can McCaw really compare to the Finals MVP? Apparently, he can.
According to Basketball Reference, McCaw actually had a better free throw percentage this season than Leonard. 23-year-old McCaw hit 87% over Kawhi’s 85%. That doesn’t necessarily make him a better player, though. We won’t know for sure what kind of impact McCaw will have until this season starts, but you also have take into account that he’s won every NBA Finals Championship that he’s ever been a part of. He has as many rings as LeBron James, so at the very least, he’s a good luck charm.
According to NBA.com, after signing with the Raptors as a free agent back in January of 2019, McCaw averaged 13 minutes, 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 26 games with the Raptors. At the moment we don’t know what the Raptors are paying him for this upcoming season, but he was paid $1,876,000 this year. Compared to Kawhi’s $23,114,066 contract during the 2018-2019 season.
It didn’t take long for Raptors fans to take note of McCaw’s impressive stats:
@Raptors @PMcCaw0 4X NBA Champion in his first 4 years? GOAT— Josh (@Josh)1562630889.0
@Raptors @PMcCaw0 I'd say this caption's lame after losing Kawhi but McCaw hasn't lost in 3 years LMAO We're the 2020 champs already yo!— SachaVibes (@SachaVibes)1562630959.0
@Raptors @PMcCaw0 In Patric McCaw We Trust 💍— Uta Kvaratskhelia (@Uta Kvaratskhelia)1562671544.0
@Raptors @PMcCaw0 The real MVP— Luis Quijano (@Luis Quijano)1562631079.0
@Raptors @PMcCaw0 Guaranteed 3peat now, locked down the true GOAT— king troy (@king troy)1562630868.0
Some even went as far as to compare him to Kawhi:
@MitchWheeler19 @Swarlayzers Stats don't lie.— The Wijnaldum Role (FSGOUT) (@The Wijnaldum Role (FSGOUT))1562542801.0
@MitchWheeler19 McClaw— the (@the)1562615484.0
@MitchWheeler19 McCaw Is Better.— ⚒️𝕬𝕹𝕿𝖀𝕯𝕺1282⚒️ (@⚒️𝕬𝕹𝕿𝖀𝕯𝕺1282⚒️)1562575577.0
@BlakeMurphyODC Everyone cryin' Kawhi left but we brought back the Real Champ! 😜— Pick and Droll Man (@Pick and Droll Man)1562609208.0
And it seems as though the Raptors organization as a whole feels equally blessed to have re-signed the hidden powerhouse.
“Patrick is a multi-dimensional player who brings a lot of skills to our team and can play a variety of positions,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said in a release. “We're really glad to have him back." Welcome back to the north, McCaw!