Gary Trent Jr. is a “3-and-D specialist”, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. Born on January 18, 1999, and Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Trent Jr. began his journey as a five-star recruit at Duke. Trent Jr was drafted with the 37th overall pick in the second round by the Sacramento Kings in 2018, who subsequently traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers where he emerged as a premier 3-point shooter in the NBA with a remarkable 41.8% accuracy just in the second season.
In 2021, the Toronto Raptors acquired Gary Trent Jr. in a trade where he has been consistently a great role player. On April 2nd, 2021, in a regular season game against the Golden State Warriors, Trent Jr had an unbelievable +54 plus-minus which is the second-highest in NBA history.
Gary Trent Jr. was born to Roxanne Holt and Gary Trent Sr. who is a former NBA player. Gary Trent Jr. has brothers—Garyson, Grayson, and Graydon. Gary Trent Jr. inherited a rich basketball legacy as his father, Gary Trent Sr., had a long and successful basketball career in the NBA and Europe. Gary Trent Sr. played nine seasons in the NBA for teams like the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
On August 7, 2021, Gary Trent Jr. signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth $51.84 million. The 2023/24 NBA season will be the last year of the contract and he will be an unrestricted free agent in the 2024 NBA off-season.
Style of Play
At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Gary Trent Jr. has solidified his reputation as a great shooter, with a particularly impressive quick-release jump shot. He is a 3-point specialist who can excel on the defensive end as well, which makes him an elite 3-and-D role player.
Throughout his NBA career, Trent Jr. maintains an impressive 38.4% accuracy from beyond the arc, attempting an average of 6.3 three-pointers per game. Notably, he stands as one of only two Raptors to achieve 5+ three-pointers in four consecutive games. His role as the off-the-bench 3-point sniper continues to be a valuable asset for the Toronto Raptors.