Which stats are sustainable after five games?

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Toronto Raptors – Fred VanVleet (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

After five games of the NBA season, we’re learning a little more about the Toronto Raptors. Which stats are sustainable as we move into the season?

Unless you’re celebrating the Toronto Raptors first-ever NBA championship, you’ll probably admit that nothing lasts forever. Basketball is no exception to that rule. No team can dominant for a prolonged period of time unless you sell your soul to the devil like the Golden State Warriors.

Even on a more micro level, stats rarely last forever. If someone starts the season shooting 80-percent from three, don’t expect that to last until the end of the season – and if it does, then bask in the greatness of whoever that player is.

The same goes for bad stats too, if your best player is shooting 15-percent from the free-throw line across the first five games, you can put it down to small sample size and just admit that things will even themselves out. Basketball players are too good to fall prey to those sort of slumps, though if it’s a mental thing, anyone can be affected.

That doesn’t mean that good stats won’t remain good stats and vice versa. Sometimes the basketball Gods are kind and, just sometimes, they’ll smite your favourite player and he’ll average 28-percent from three despite being a decent shooter.

Five games in for the Toronto Raptors are it’s safe to say that there are some eye-popping stats. Some are good, and some are most definitely less good. Are any of them sustainable, though?