In about two weeks the Raptors likely will decide on who will stick around as the 15th and final player on the roster.

Chris Wright was the early favourite Carlos Morais the late addition and Julyan Stone the wild card but of late Stone is making quite an impression on the coaching staff.

Stone a 6-foot-6 guard handled the ball extremely well on Monday during an intra-squad scrimmage at Casino Rama and also played his characteristically strong defence.

Though clearly not yet fully right Stone appears to have some of his explosiveness back as one sequence where he got to the basket after a series of crossover dribbles illustrated.

Considering his defensive bent it’s no surprise that head coach Dwane Casey likes Stone.

“Julyan Stone is a impressive multiple player. I don’t want to call him a point guard because he’s a 1-2-3 (point guard shooting guard and small forward) and probably could get away with guarding some small forwards” Casey said.

“He has been impressive at that position (the point) just because of his flexibility that he gives us especially at the defensive end. He can guard those little quick guys his length bothers them. I thought he did a good job the other night against (Minnesota’s J.J.) Barea with his length and he could be making a case for himself.”

Stone who caught the eye of Raptors president/general manager Masai Ujiri when they were together in Denver was nearly signed earlier in the summer before a knee injury scuttled his physical. Now he’s getting closer to full health though perhaps not as quickly as he would like.

“It’s going great (but) it’s a process that’s the first thing you have to understand that mentally you’ve got to get everything back and I think I’ve gradually got it back” Stone explained.

“I think I’m doing well (but) I think I’m far from where I need to be and far from being back to the caliber I am but I think I’m doing a good job of gradually getting back to where I need to be.”

Stone is in the gym twice daily working out along with his on-court work.

He feels he’d be a good fit with these Raptors echoing Casey in his explanation why.

“I can do everything on the court in terms of guarding three positions cause matchup problems if I’m at the one and defensively I can guard all positions taking pressure off of our scorers” he said.

Swingman Terrence Ross said Stone also helps his teammates because he is so in tune with what Casey is looking for defensively.