Chris Boucher is enjoying a very early season with the Toronto Raptors, and is already positioned among the contenders for the Most Improved Player in the NBA. Nevertheless, the Montrealer believes he still has a lot to learn.
“I still have a long way to go, but it gets better with every game. I’ve been with the training for three years and I’m happy with the progress. It takes time to learn this game and find ways to help the team, ”said Boucher after the Raptors’ 111-108 win over the Hornets, in which he led his team with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
In 11 games this season, he has averaged 15.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
“When a player is playing really well, I never want to say that I wasn’t expecting it or that I’m surprised,” head coach Nick Nurse said of Boucher on Thursday. We have to be happy about this, and I don’t want to pretend I’m surprised. He’s playing really well and although the numbers are very good there is still a lot of room for improvement. ”
Assume your role
Nurse uses Boucher more and more as a starter, but the latter prefers to remain humble in the face of his role.
“In the end, my role is the same whether I start the match or not. That is, to bring energy, to play well on defense, to block shots, to cover the field and to throw for the basket when possible. Leaving or not, that’s my role. I’m fine where I am, in my position, and I just want to get better. ”
The 28-year-old center is already seeing improvements in some facets of his game this season. “To see what throws I can take, to know when it’s better to throw or pass, for the defensive patterns and also to take the time to sit down, because everything is in the rest. The more I have, the better I am. ”
Boucher also has the opportunity to play more often with veteran Kyle Lowry and he is looking forward to it.
“He always finds a way to make me play to the best of my ability,” said Boucher. Kyle manages to change the game. If I’m open, he’ll find me. It’s really good to be able to play with him. ”