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The most damaging injury for the Raptors has been to their rookie center, Jonas Valanciunas. Playing just 22 minutes a game, he’s been averaging almost eight points and five rebounds. His defense is superb, and his rebounding is substantially better than Andrea Bargnani’s, who recently returned after an injury of his own.
Unfortunately, he fractured his metacarpal in his ring finger of his right hand. He’s expected to be back sometime in mid-January, which bodes well with fans.
However, based on reputation alone, Andrea Bargnani could have been the most damaging injury for the Toronto Raptors. This season, though, he has been inefficient, shooting just 39 percent from the field. Furthermore, his rebounding is absolutely terrible.
Worse yet, the Raptors went 10-5 when Bargnani was injured.
Even though Bargnani is back, it’s highly doubtful that he will stay with the Raptors long-term. Valanciunas has been playing at a high level and will more than likely earn the starting position when he returns.