Raptors Waive Former No. 4 Overall Pick; Final Roster Spot Set

The Toronto Raptors have made a decision on their final roster spot to start the 2022-23 season. It came down to a 3-way battle between the incumbent, Justin Champagnie, the former No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Josh Jackson, and DJ Wilson. And the team has decided to stay with what they know, going with Champagnie.

Despite a strong defensive showing during preseason, the Raptors have waived Jackson, along with Wilson and Gabe Brown. Head coach Nick Nurse had previously said he was looking for offensive potential for the end of his bench, and to that end, Jackson simply didn't show enough. 

Champagnie gets the spot despite having limited minutes in the preseason due to injuries. He spent 36 games with the Raptors last season, but only averaged less than 8 minutes per contest, to go with 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. But his performance in the G League showed more of his skillset, as he averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks in 14 games for the Raptors 905, while shooting 40% from three-point range.

That means Toronto's regular season roster is set: 

They'll be going with a backcourt of Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent, Dalano Banton, Malachi Flynn and Jeff Dowtin (on a two-way contract). 

The forwards will consist of Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Thad Young, Otto Porter, Juancho Hernangomez (Bo Cruz, for those of you familiar with his film work), Champagnie, and Ron Harper Jr. (on a two-way).

The center/PF group consists of Precious Achiuwa, Chris Boucher, Khem Birch and rookie Christian Koloko. 

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