Fred VanVleet Goes Off for Career-High 54 Points

Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet scored 54 points in Tuesday's win over the Orlando Magic, which represents a career-high and Raptors franchise-record. Quite an achievement for the undrafted player from Rockford, Illinois

VanVleet went off in Orlando, going 17/23 from the field, including 11/14 3PM and 9/9 from the free throw line. Slip in 3 steals and 3 blocks and FVV had quite the complete game. His 54 point performance is the 4th 50-point game in Raptors history, after Vince Carter, Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan, and eclipses the previous franchise record held by DeRozan (52 points) set just over 3 years ago. DeMar was kind enough to give a shoutout to VanVleet after the game on Twitter. 

Back in September, we posted about how much VanVleet meant to the future of the Raptors and tonight was a prime example. He has upped his scoring and rebounding in each of his first five seasons, and should be able to do the same with his assists as well (he's 0.1 apg off his career-high at the moment). He provides intangibles that don't show up in the box score, is a leader in the locker room and is one of the better on-ball defenders in the league. Fred VanVleet's future in the NBA is bright. Quite bright indeed. 

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