Fred VanVleet has bet on himself multiple times in his career. Now, he’s seeing those bets pay off big time. The Toronto Raptors guard has been putting up amazing numbers all season long. His great performance this season has rightfully earned him his first All-Star berth in his career.
After their overtime win over the Miami Heat, Fred VanVleet took to Twitter to celebrate his All-Star selection. The Raptors guard was thankful for this opportunity, saying:
God is the greatest! Thankful for everyone who has been apart of the journey so far! Definitely more to come. Appreciate all the love & support 🙏🏽
BET ON YOURSELF 🎲
— Fred VanVleet (@FredVanVleet) February 4, 2022
Fred VanVleet’s journey in the NBA started in 2016 as an undrafted guard out of Wichita State. He would make a name for himself as part of the Raptors’ “Bench Mob” in 2018. However, his breakout performance came during the Raptors’ championship run in 2019, when he lit up the Bucks and the Warriors (and played great defense on Stephen Curry) to win the franchise’ first championship.
This season, the undrafted guard was handed the keys to the offense after Kyle Lowry’s departure for Miami. After years of tutelage under Lowry, VanVleet proved he was a worthy successor, posting career-highs across the board. His exploits have helped lead this young Raptors team to potentially making the playoffs.
Both Lowry and former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan heaped praise on VanVleet after this announcement. This achievement has been a long time coming for FVV, who has worked his butt off all these years in the NBA. He bet on himself multiple times, and each time, it’s paid off significantly for him.
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