VanVleet through the years


Fred VanVleet is only 25 years old, but he’s already accomplished so much on and off the basketball court and despite the Raptors’ loss Monday night he has two more shots to achieve his greatest accomplishment.

The first time most of us saw Fred VanVleet in action he was a sophomore playing varsity ball at Rockford Auburn. He averaged 15 points per game and it was clear then that he wasn’t simply another sophomore or simply another basketball player.|

His senior year in 2012 he led Auburn to a third place finish in the Illinois 4A State Tournament. He was first-team All-State and he set numerous Auburn and Rockford Public school records.

At Wichita State VanVleet made his mark as a freshman playing a key role off the bench on a Shockers team that set a school record for wins and reached the Final Four. His sophomore and senior years he was named the winner of the Larry Bird Award as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player Of The Year. He made the cover of Sports Illustrated, and he graduated as Wichita State’s career leader in assists and steals.

His pro career started in the NBA’s Developmental-League where he immediately was one of that league’s best players with Raptors 905. That season Raptors 905 won the D-League Championship.

Last season he established himself as one of the best bench players in the NBA. He was one of three finalists for the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. That earned VanVleet a two-year contract worth $18 million dollars last summer.
This season, despite battling multiple injuries he has more than lived up to that contract.

Off the court he created his own logo, opened his own store, and he also became a father for the second time. |

Now VanVleet is one win away from his greatest accomplish of his career, an NBA Championship.

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