Raptors getting zoned in on playoff basketball

Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan practises at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on April 8, 2014....

Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan practises at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on April 8, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

The raw numbers and even history suggest the Raptors are in for a bit of a shock come playoff time.

There’s a segment of players in that Toronto locker room though that is doing what it can to lessen that shock.

Combined, the 15 members on the Raptors roster have a total of 158 playoff games worth of experience or an average of just over 10½ per player.

The vast majority of that — all but 39 games — were in bench roles.

Tyler Hansbrough with 35 playoff games on his resume has been involved in more playoff action than anyone on the roster although John Salmons’ 14 starts tops that side of the equation. Chuck Hayes, who could see his playing time jump in the playoffs backing up second-year center Jonas Valanciunas, who has never been on the court for an NBA playoff game, has played in 26 post-season games and started 11.


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