VanVleet appeared in 52 games (all starts) for the Raptors in 2020-21. He averaged career highs in points (19.6) and rebounds (4.2) while also contributing 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals. He shot 38.9 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three and a career-high 88.5 percent from the free-throw line. On Feb. 2 in a win over the Magic, VanVleet scored a career-high 54 points (17-23 FG, 11-14 3Pt, 9-9 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists in 37 minutes. His other season highs were 13 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and four blocks. VanVleet had five double-doubles. He scored at least 30 points six times. He recorded at least 10 assists six times. He recorded at least five rebounds 25 times. He recorded at least three steals 12 times. He collected at least one block 21 times. He hit at least five three-pointers 15 times.2019
VanVleet busted out in a big way in his fourth NBA season, developing into one of the Raptors' primary scoring threats. He moved into the starting lineup full-time over the course of his 54 games during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign, blowing away his previous career bests in points (17.6 per game), threes (2.7) assists (6.6) and steals (1.9), with a personal-best 84.8 free-throw percentage to boot. On Opening Night, VanVleet went off for 34 points -- then a career high -- on 12-of-18 shooting while collecting seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. He went on to score 30-plus points twice more, including a career-high 36 against the Heat on Aug. 3. That game also included a career-high-tying seven threes; he'd also hit seven times from beyond the arc Jan. 18 against Minnesota. VanVleet racked up eight double-doubles and twice came within striking distance of a triple-double. On Nov. 29, he set a career best with seven steals -- plus 22 points -- in a win over Orlando. A hero in the NBA Finals the year before, VanVleet averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals across 11 playoff games in 2019-20. He set a trio of playoff career highs in Game 1 of the first round against Brooklyn: 30 points, eight threes and 11 assists. That was the first postseason performance of 30-plus points and 10-plus assists in franchise history. VanVleet also double-doubled in Game 2 of that series, notching 24 points and 10 assists.2018
VanVleet seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as one of the NBA's premier backup point guards. He underwent thumb surgery in mid-February and missed just over a month of action. VanVleet was stellar upon returning to the lineup. In Toronto's 13 remaining regular season games, VanVleet averaged 12.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 42.2 percent from deep and hitting 88.0 percent of his free throws. He also took outstanding care of the ball all season, averaging only 1.3 turnovers per game. As impressive as he was at the tail end of the regular season, it was VanVleet's efforts in the late stages of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks and in the NBA Finals against Golden State that made him a beloved figure north of the border. The Wichita State product played 32.3 minutes per game and averaged 14.7 points over the course of Toronto's final nine playoff contests. VanVleet's 22 points were key in the Raptors' 114-110 Game 6 NBA Finals-clinching win over the Warriors on June 13. In that contest, he drilled five three-pointers. A stellar sharpshooter who is exceedingly reliable with the ball in his hands, VanVleet carved out a valuable role to help Toronto earn its first NBA Championship.2017
Fred VanVleet appeared in 70 games for the Toronto Raptors during his second season with the club, playing a key reserve role. FVV averaged career highs of 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 20 minutes per contest. He shot 42.6 percent from the floor, including 41.4 percent from behind the arc. VanVleet's three-point field goal percentage was the best on the club, and 21st overall in the NBA. FVV hit at least three treys in 15 games during the regular season and reached double-digit scoring in 35 games. On Jan. 11, he connected on a career-best six three-pointers against Cleveland. On Jan. 25, VanVleet poured in a career-high 25 points against the Lakers. The Raptors defeated Washington in the first round of the playoffs, but then fell to Cleveland in the second round. VanVleet appeared in six of Toronto's 10 playoff games. He averaged 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per playoff contest. VanVleet's best playoff output came in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cavaliers. He had 14 points and four assists in that contest. In the off-season, VanVleet was named a finalist for the Sixth Man of the Year award, along with Eric Gordon and Lou Williams.2016
VanVleet was undrafted during the 2016 NBA Draft, but he signed an agreement to play with the Toronto Raptors during the Summer League. The move proved wise for both VanVleet and Toronto. The Wichita State product signed a multi-year rookie deal with Toronto on Jul. 18 and wound up making the last spot on the Raptor roster. VanVleet made his NBA debut via a brief, 26-second appearance on Nov. 9 at Oklahoma City. His first meaningful contribution came on Dec. 18 when the reserve point guard played 23 minutes and posted four points, four assists, two rebounds and three steals during a blowout win at Orlando. To stay sharp, Toronto often sent the rookie to their D-League 905 squad. In 16 D-League games, VanVleet averaged 16.9 points, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. On Feb. 3, VanVleet was with the parent club and scored a career-high 15 points, to go with three assists and three rebounds, in a loss at Orlando. The Raptors finished the season at 51-31 and defeated the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Cavaliers in the second round. VanVleet saw brief stints as a reserve in seven of Toronto's 10 playoff games.