Report: Raptors sign 905 standout Henry Ellenson to 10-day contract

William Lou
·NBA reporter
·1 min read

The Toronto Raptors signed G-League standout Henry Ellenson to a 10-day contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Ellenson thrived with the Raptors 905 in the G-League bubble, leading the team in scoring with over 21 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. The 24-year-old from Marquette was undeniably one of the most skilled players in the G-League, boasting a refined handle and a smooth outside shooting stroke. The 6-foot-10 center was the focal point for the 905's offense that led the G-League in offensive efficiency and assists.

The knock on Ellenson remains his defense, which is why the former 18th overall pick fell out of the league after stops in Detroit and New York. Ellenson is a liability while playing at the most important position defensively, and was even exposed regularly at the lower levels. However, there is little doubt that his offensive skillset is at an NBA level, particularly as a center, and that is worth taking a look.

The Raptors have historically used the G-League to great effect, both as a developmental vehicle for their draft picks, and as a way to find talent. Chris Boucher is the prime example of the Raptors' ability to find diamonds in the rough. Ellenson might not be alone in being plucked from the 905, as Alize Johnson, Nik Stauskas and Gary Payton II also have skills to offer NBA teams.

The 905 season came to an end on Tuesday after their nine-game win streak was snapped in the semifinals.

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