Chris Boucher said that he’s put on about 15 pounds during his time away from basketball, “I figured out a way to gain weight and get stronger. I think one of my biggest problems is [that] I was never able to see the change…There’s a lot of stuff I didn’t understand about nutrition, but I took the time during COVID-19 to focus on it.” (Josh Lewenberg on Twitter)
Adding a 15 pound heavier, more athletic Boucher to the mix of an already capable Raptors’ front-court could spell trouble for teams come the beginning of the NBA restart. After already showing promise throughout his second year with the Raptors, Boucher should be able to capitalize even more on the opportunities he is given within the rotation. He has played in 55 contests this season and has averaged 13.2 minutes of playing time, 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, .4 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game. It seems as if the only thing preventing him from being a sneaky value play in most fantasy formats, is the inconsistency of his role night-in and night-out. A wait-and-see approach at this point is ideal; however, it would be hard to find anyone willing to argue against picking him up as a low-risk high-reward asset in deep-league play.