Raptors stars are shooting blanks

Key Raptors Rudy Gay (left) and DeMar DeRozan are shooting far below their career averages so far...

Key Raptors Rudy Gay (left) and DeMar DeRozan are shooting far below their career averages so far this season. (USA TODAY sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:02 PM ET

TORONTO - The Raptors had a day off on Monday to recharge and think about how to get a brutal-looking offence on track.

Asking tigers to change their stripes will get you nowhere — Kyle Lowry is not suddenly going to become a lover of the pick-and-roll game, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan aren’t going to double their attempts from long-range or pass like Ricky Rubio — but even a few adjustments should help the team immensely.

Top scorers Gay and DeRozan take more shots than any other combo in the league, yet are shooting just 38% and 40% from the field, respectively. They are averaging 38.5 shots a night between them, but only seven of them come from behind the three-point line and they average just 4.3 assists a night.

Though it’s early, Gay, DeRozan and Lowry each are posting true shooting percentages far below their career norms.


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