Fred VanVleet caught in the middle of a rabid Toronto crowd
The people of Toronto are going nuts. But can you blame them, though? Their beloved Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history after dispatching the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in six games.
Reserve guard Fred VanVleet caught the wild scene in Jurassic Park as he tried to get through the crowd of rabid Raptors fans, per Def Pen Hoops on Twitter.
The fans are not letting Fred VanVleet leave 😂😂
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 26, 2019
Absolute pandemonium, and Freddy is loving every bit of it.
VanVleet deserves all this love from the Raptors faithful with the way he stepped up big time for Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals. The undrafted guard out of Wichita State became the Raptors’ unsung hero especially in their final three wins.
VanVleet averaged 9.7 points and 3.2 assists while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc throughout the six-game series.
His numbers in their last three games, especially, were instrumental in Toronto’s 4-2 series win. After struggling through the first three games, VanVleet came alive in Games 4 to 6, coincidentally after his wife gave birth to their first child.
The inspired Raptors super-sub shot the lights out over that stretch – including a timely 21-point outing, where he also made seven three-pointers in Game 5 on the road that helped Toronto snatch home court advantage. VanVleet made 68.0 percent of his shots overall and connected on an insane 82.4 percent from downtown, averaging 4.7 threes per contest over those three games.
VanVleet is truly an inspiration, and no one should ever doubt that he belongs in the NBA. The undersized guard struggled to make his way into the league after going undrafted in 2016. But he has since worked his way through his grit and determination and has now become a key piece in the Raptors’ bid for their first ever NBA title.