Future Looks Bright For Raptors Guard Sonny Weems

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IApril 10, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 02:  Sonny Weems #24 of the Toronto Raptors against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With three games remaining, the injury plagued Raptors are currently on the outside looking in playoff wise. They have lost four straight and unless they pick it up they will miss the playoffs. Chris Bosh who has a broken nose, looks as though he may have possibly played his last game as a Raptor and there are not many bright spots for them right now. One bright spot however is sophomore guard Sonny Weems.

Before the season started, the Raptors traded Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukic to the Bucks for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems. No one thought much of this because it was the opposite of a blockbuster trade. Weems and Johnson would just be bench players who never got much playing time. Especially since Weems only averaged 1.6 points per game last season.

As the season has gone on, Weems has started to get more and more playing time and has landed himself in a starting role. In the last two months of the season, Weems has averaged 10.2 points per game also scoring a season high of 21 points on April 7th against the Celtics. In March and April, Weems has only had 2 games where he has shot under fifty percent from the field. Since becoming a starter Sonny is also averaging 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.7 steals per game.

All season long the Raptors have used Weems as a lock down defender to guard the opponents best guard. Now, Weems has finally been given a chance to show his true skills at the offensive end.

Sonny has a deadly mid range jump shot and is very explosive. Back in college where he attended Arkansas he won the dunk competition. Raptor fans have seen this ability as Sonny has finished off many alley oop dunks this year. He has a killer first step which brings defenders a lot of havoc trying to stay with him.

To take his game to the next level, Sonny will need to be more aggresive and develope a three point shot. He seems to hit almost every mid range jumper he takes, but Sonny has only attempted 19 threes all season and has only hit 3 of them.

Despite his few flaws, Weems has great potential and looks like he could seriously help the Raptors in the future. Even if the Raptors lose Bosh, with young guns like Weems, Derozan and Amir Johnson developing into good young players, the Raptors may not be in a bad position for years to come.