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Video: Raptors rookie Dalano Banton makes first NBA shot from beyond half court

Dalano Banton, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors had a brutal night against the Washington Wizards in their season opener, but at least rookie Dalano Banton made himself a memory. With the Raptors down 81-56 and the third-quarter clock winding down, Banton casually dribbled the ball up the court and let it fly from beyond the half-court line. It splashed through the hoop for his first made basket in the NBA.

Here’s the shot:

Banton wound up scoring seven points in 12 minutes in the 98-83 loss to the Wizards to open the season. The Raptors selected the rookie with the No. 46 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. He likely won’t be playing all that much this season and only saw extended run in this game because of the score, but this was still cool to score his first NBA points in this fashion.

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Other than Banton’s amazing shot, it was truly an ugly night in Toronto for the home team finally playing in its home arena again after a season in Tampa. Playing without Pascal Siakam, the Raptors just had nothing going offensively against the new-look Wizards. Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby combined to shoot 8-of-37 from the field and 3-of-18 from beyond the 3-point line. Veteran Goran Dragic also had a rather quiet game.

Siakam isn’t going to be back for a bit, so Toronto is going to have to get it together without him. We know these players are better than this, so expect a bounce-back effort the next time out. It will be a tough matchup against the Boston Celtics, though, so the Raptors are going to have to bring it.