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Happy 27th Birthday to Greivis Vasquez!

January 16th, 2014 at 1:25 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

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Today Toronto Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez turns 27 years old. The 6'6 guard has bounced around Countries and NBA teams during his life and we will take you through his short journey.

Vasquez was born in Venezuela. He moved to the United States at a young age and attended Montrose Christian School in Maryland where he played with Kevin Durant. Vasquez then attended the University of Maryland for four years, developing into one of the better players in the nation by his senior year. He averaged 19.6 points per game, 6.3 assists per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 1.7 steals per game in his senior year. He was named a consensus second-team All-American.

After a strong college career Vasquez entered the 2010 NBA Draft where he was selected in the first round (28th overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies. Vasquez would play just one season with the Grizzlies before being traded to the New Orleans Hornets. The next two years with the Hornets would be a learning experience for Greivis as he improved his game, became a starter and adjusted to playing at the NBA level. In 2012-2013, Vasquez averaged 13.9 points per game and 9.0 assists with the Hornets on his way to finishing second in the NBA Most Improved Player voting. Despite his strong season, Vasquez was traded once again. This time to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal involving Tyreke Evans and Robin Lopez.

Vasquez would start the season with the Kings. He switched between being a starter and coming off the bench and played well during his short time with the team. After only 18 games, it was time for another change for Greivis. On December 9, 2013, Vazquez was acquired by the Raptors from Sacramento in a seven-player deal involving Rudy Gay.

Adjusting to a new Country and a new team didn't seem to bother Greivis at first as he started off strong in his first few games. He has since struggled finding his shot and is making uncharacteristic turnovers. The organization and his teammates have full confidence that he will get back to the player he once was as he is a valuable piece off the bench backing up starting point guard Kyle Lowry.

In 17 games with the Raptors this season, Vasquez is averaging 6.1 assists per game and 3.0 assists, while playing just under 16 minutes a night. Vasquez hopes to stay with the Raptors for many years to come, but he could be on another team next year. He has a qualifying offer of $3.2 million for 2014-2015 and it is up to the Raptors if they want to bring him back or not. 

We like what Vasquez brings to the table and he has already been involved within the community. It would be nice if he could remain a Raptor for the next several years and help be a part of a championship team here in the future.

Happy Birthday Greivis!

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