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Sonny Weems replaces Turkoglu in Toronto’s starting lineup

The Raptors have made some changes to their starting lineup with eight games still remaining in the regular season. Sophomore guard Sonny Weems has started the last three games for the Raptors, and according to Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun, he will stay in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future. From the article:

“Weems, in the starting five, gives the Raptors more opportunities to get out and run and his athleticism ensures teams have to be accountable for him venturing into the paint, meaning they can’t focus solely on Bosh in and around the basket.

And while it was initially thought that Turkoglu coming out of the starting five was another form of punishment for his off-court indiscretions while battling a flu bug, head coach Jay Triano made it clear following Monday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats that the changes to the starting five with Antoine Wright and Weems in and Turkoglu and DeMar DeRozan out, would be the case for the remainder of the regular season.

Weems’ play of late has made that possible.”

Weems’ play has definitely improved. Originally thought of as a throw-in in the Amir Johnson deal, Weems has played his way into the starting lineup by improving his game throughout the season. Take a look at his month-by-month field goal percentages:

November: 43.2%

December: 45.1%

January: 48.2%

February: 53.3%

March: 59.8%

Weems is an athletic player capable of driving to the basket, and has even added a solid mid-range jumper to his arsenal. In the starting lineup, Weems has been able to provide an energy boost while being able to knock down shots when he’s left alone. The Raptors are currently two games up on the Bulls for the eighth playoff spot in the East, and two games behind the Bobcats for the seventh spot.