The Toronto Raptors have kind of become the Northwest's favorite team not named the Trail Blazers.
Much of that has to do with Gary Trent Jr., a Trail Blazers fan-favorite who was traded to Toronto just a few weeks ago.
But Trent Jr.'s not the only connection to the Northwest that calls Toronto home. The Raptors also have former Oregon Ducks star Chris Boucher on the roster.
Boucher, in his third year with the Raptors, has largely been a bench player, but injuries have thrust him into the starting lineup over the last four games.
On Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, Boucher took full advantage of the opportunity in front of him.
Boucher went off for 38 points and 19 rebounds, both career highs. Not only did he lead the team in scoring, he did so on an efficient 14 of 24 from the field, and of his 19 rebounds, nine were offensive boards which was also a career-high.
It has been a great year for Boucher, who is averaging career-high across the board. In 52 games, he is averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks. Compare that to the 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, and 1.0 blocks he averaged last season and Boucher is in the conversation to be the NBA's Most Improved Player.
Boucher spent two seasons at Oregon, averaging 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 69 career games for the Ducks.
He went undrafted in 2017, but would sign a two-day deal with the Golden State Warriors. Four years later, Boucher is a two-time NBA Champion (2018, 2019), was the 2019 G-League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2021 is carving his niche with the Raptors as a key role player.
If continues to play like he has this season, this won't be the last time we see a game like this from Oregon's favorite Raptor.