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Raptors team news: Dalano Banton signs a two-year, $2.5 million rookie contract

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Dalano Banton, the Toronto Raptors’ No. 46 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft, has officially signed a two-year, $2.5 million rookie deal with the organization. Banton is the first Canadian player in NBA history to be drafted by the Raptors. The signing was made official this morning. In 58 combined games played at Western Kentucky and Nebraska, he averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

He also shot nearly 40 percent from the field and 24 percent from three-point range. In Division I basketball, the point guard was only one of six players to earn at least eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 2018-19. In May 2019, the point guard transferred to Nebraska. He then sat out for the 2019-20 season to improve his basketball skills with coaches and recruiting scouts.

In the Cornhuskers’ 2020-21 season, Banton averaged 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. While he ranked sixth in the Big Ten in turnovers (67), he ranked ninth in assists per game (3.9) and fifth in assist percentage (28.8). Last season, the team finished 7-20 (3-16 Big Ten). ranking dead last in the conference.

Moreover, he is now set to play for the Raptors. In the 2020-21 NBA season, Toronto finished 27-45 (.375), ranking fifth in the Atlantic Division and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. Despite the team failing to make the playoffs, head coach Nick Nurse is still one of the best coaches in the league. Banton is in good hands under the 2019-20 Coach of the Year and 2020 All-Star Game head coach.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers to win money.

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