Raptors news: Norman Powell thinks Toronto is still going to be a contender in 2019-20
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Norman Powell thinks the Raptors are still going to be contenders in 2019-20

Norman Powell, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors saw two key players leave in free agency, but Norman Powell believes that they are still in a good position to defend their title in the 2019-20 NBA season.

Toronto lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who both played key roles in their successful title run last season. Leonard opted to move to the Los Angeles Clippers, while Green decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite the recent turn of events, however, Powell said that the Raptors are up to the challenge.

Powell, who will be entering his fifth season in the league, added that the departure of Leonard and Green would give him more chance to prove his worth. The 26-year-old forward emphasized that he is focused on helping his team win, saying that he expects them to remain a contender next campaign.

“The opportunity that’s in front of me and everybody else that’s on the team who’s been here working for minutes at that spot, it opens up,” Powell said, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network. “I’m locked in and focused on that. I’m excited. I think we still have a very solid team and we’re still going to be contenders.”

Powell is coming off the best scoring season of his four-year NBA career. The former UCLA standout, who has spent his entire career in Toronto, averaged career-highs 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 60 games last season.