On Thursday, former Pitt standout and All-ACC forward Justin Champagnie signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors after playing one year in the organization.
The Toronto Raptors have signed Justin Champagnie to a two-year, minimum contract, a league source tells @spotrac. The first season is partially guaranteed, the second season is non-guaranteed.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 14, 2022
Champagnie, a 6-foot-6 forward who played two seasons at Pitt, played in 36 games for the Raptors in his rookie year. He averaged just under eight minutes per game, and scored 2.3 points per game. On the year, he scored 81 points and grabbed 72 boards while shooting 46% from the field and 36% from three-point range.
The Raptors announce they’ve signed Justin Champagnie to a multi-year contract. Believed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal, similar to the one D.J. Wilson signed last week. He’ll be in training camp this fall and should have an inside track on one of the final roster spots
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 14, 2022
Champagnie also played 14 games for the Raptors’ G-League affiliate, Team 905. There, he averaged 36 minutes, scored 21.1 points, and grabbed 8.1 rebounds per contest. He shot 41% from three-point range, hitting an average of 2.6 three pointers per game. In the G-League playoffs, Champagnie shined, averaging 32.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per postseason game.
The Brooklyn native has quickly become a fan-favorite in Toronto, in part due to a friendly debate with Raptors star Pascal Siakam in which both players refer to the other as their “son.”
Pascal Siakam says Justin Champagnie is his son, Champagnie disagrees 😭 pic.twitter.com/GJuC7wh9gg
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) January 13, 2022
In his stellar sophomore season at Pitt, Champagnie averaged 18 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, earning First Team All-ACC honors. Justin’s brother Julian starred at St. John’s and is now playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Summer League.