Raptors’ Chris Boucher Might be In line for an NBA Award

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If you scroll through the NBA’s Player Efficiency Rating rankings — an advanced statistic created by John Hollinger to measure a player’s value — you’ll see the usual cast of characters. At No. 10 is Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo. He’s just behind Minneapolis’ Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 8, Washington’s Bradley Beal at No. 6, and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant at No. 4. A little higher up you’ll see Joel Embiid, the 76ers superstar centre who has taken his game to another level this season, and Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ MVP candidate who is leading all players in the metric. But sandwiched between the two all-world centres is a Toronto Raptors player and probably not the kind of “superstar” you’d expect to see atop one of these lists. That strange name would be Chris Boucher.