While some of the Raptors‘ highest-paid players continue to struggle, cheaper commodities that were obtained during the summer such as Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola are carrying the team, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun details. Scola, who signed a one-year deal for $2.9MM, and Biyombo, who agreed to a two-year pact for nearly $5.755MM, have emerged as dependable starters. Meanwhile, stats indicate that the team is better when DeMarre Carroll, the team’s highest-paid player, is not on the court, according to Wolstat.
Here’s more from around the Atlantic Division:
- The Celtics have recalled Jordan Mickey from their D-League affiliate, the team announced (on Twitter).
- The Sixers recalled Christian Wood from the D-League, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com tweets. Wood averaged 19.3 points and 11 rebounds per game in three games in the D-League.
- Kelly Olynyk, whom the Celtics exercised their fourth-year option on in October, is enjoying a strong season in part because he is shooting the ball more than he ever has, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com details. “He brings something different with his ability to really stretch the floor,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Not only from 3-point line shooting it, but also with his ability to make plays off the bounce when he catches it outside the arc. We need him to continue to play well for us to be a good team.”