Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Point Guard D.J. Augustin Is Looking for a Fresh Start with Toronto Raptors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Point Guard D.J. Augustin Is Looking for a Fresh Start with Toronto Raptors

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Augustin looking for fresh start in Toronto

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There aren't too many teams that can boast having two point guards who have been starters in the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors will have that luxury this season.

D.J. Augustin, a former starter with the Charlotte Bobcats, gives the Raptors some much-needed depth as they try to improve on their 34-48 record from last season.

"D.J. has a very steadying effect and he's an excellent floor general," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Augustin, a New Orleans native whose family was forced to relocate to Houston by Hurricane Katrina, was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a star guard at the University of Texas, and went on to be was selected ninth overall by Charlotte in the 2008 NBA draft.

However, he seemed to have lost his confidence last season, recording career lows in scoring and field goal percentage and starting just five games as a backup in Indiana.

He's looking for a fresh start in Toronto.

"It's just about getting an opportunity, getting a chance," he said. "Here I'm getting a chance to play, and I'm just trying to get comfortable and keep playing well."

Augustin was impressive in the Raptors' intrasquad game last weekend in Halifax, leading the black team in a win over the grey squad that was led by starting point guard Kyle Lowry.

Augustin, who played almost 30 minutes, was the straw that stirred the drink for the black team. He notched five points, but doled out seven assists and did a great job distributing the ball, consistently finding DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas in the paint.

"The more we practise, the more I get comfortable, the more confident I am and my teammates are confident in me, so that helps me out." said Augustin.

Augustin had a shakier outing in Toronto's 97-89 pre-season win over the Celtics in Boston on Monday, finishing with four points and three assists in 18 minutes. …

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