Raptors’ Patrick McCaw is the only one who secured a 3-peat
Three years in the league, three times a champion. While the Toronto Raptors — with the exception of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green — raised one finger to celebrate the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship, only reserve guard Patrick McCaw was able to put up three:
Pat McCaw was the only player tonight to secure a 3-peat 🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/uz7joLY29o
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 14, 2019
McCaw captured his third NBA championship in as many seasons, this time with the Toronto Raptors.
It was truly a special moment for McCaw, who won his first two titles during his rookie and sophomore campaigns with the Golden State Warriors.
McCaw’s 2018-19 season was a roller-coaster ride. His journey with Golden State ended abruptly after his relationship with the franchise soured in the summer of 2018. The Warriors gave McCaw the qualifying offer weeks after they won the 2018 title, but he turned it down in hopes of getting a bigger payday. Unfortunately, no teams came to him and he waited out the whole offseason.
The Warriors then offered the 23-year old a two-year, $5.2 million dollar deal in September, but he turned it down and became an unrestricted free agent.
He started the season with no team until the Cleveland Cavaliers took him on a non-guaranteed contract that the Warriors didn’t consider matching. The Cavs waived him two weeks later.
The Raptors then picked up the former UNLV standout in early January on the veteran’s minimum.
Much like his sophomore year with the Warriors, McCaw didn’t get much playing time with veterans like Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green and Norman Powell ahead of him.
In fact, he saw just over 11 minutes of action throughout this Finals series. He did knock down a memorable 3-pointer — his only points in the series — against his former team in the Raptors’ Game 1 victory.
Nevertheless, Patrick McCaw has to be ecstatic about getting his three-peat, something his former Warriors teammates failed to accomplish.