Remember this time last year, when the Toronto Raptors were trailing 2-1 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals and Fred VanVleet was in one of the worst shooting slumps of his career? Through Game 3 of the playoffs, FVV was averaging just 4.0 points on a .256 field goal percentage and a .195 three-point percentage.

And then Fred VanVleet Jr. was born. For whatever reason, after the birth of his son, a switch basically flipped overnight for FVV and he shot the lights out for the rest of the playoffs, averaging 14.7 points on a .511 field goal percentage and a sizzling .526 three-point percentage after the birth of his son with barely a bad game from then on.

So, on FVV Jr.’s first birthday, FVV Sr. is giving his baby boy a shoutout for the championship luck.



Fred VanVleet thanks FVV Jr. for bringing him a championship on his first birthday 😂😂

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Honestly, we all acknowledge this: FVV Jr. is the unheralded hero from the Raptors’ championship run!

Hilariously, now you even have accounts that are attributing Norman Powell’s career year to the fact that he held VanVleet’s baby boy.

h/t Instagram/fredvanvleet