Ibaka’s profession renaissance as a small-ball middle for the Toronto Raptors continued into final season. The 31-year-old averaged a career-high 15.4 factors per recreation and eight.2 rebounds, the second most in his profession and essentially the most since 2013-14 (8.8).
Ibaka made a reputation for himself early in his profession as an elite shot-blocker with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the place he was the fourth wheel behind Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
After a short stint in Orlando, Ibaka was traded to the Raptors in the midst of the 2016-17 season. He signed a three-year, $64 million deal to stick with Toronto the next offseason. Ibaka greater than lived as much as that price ticket as he helped the Raptors win the franchise’s first NBA championship two seasons in the past.
Heading into his twelfth NBA season, Ibaka stays a powerful and versatile defender able to guarding a number of positions. After a down capturing 12 months two seasons in the past, Ibaka returned as a menace from deep final season. He shot 38.5% on 3-pointers, the second-best mark of his profession.
Ibaka, who has been considerably of an ironman, performed a career-low 55 video games final season. He missed greater than two weeks with an ankle sprain final November.