New Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe, who signed a two-way contract with the team on Sunday, has said he didn’t go out of his way to try and impress the Eastern Conference club before the season, and that just playing his own game is what paid off for him.

“I tried to stick to playing my own style of basketball during training camp,” Watanabe said in an online interview with Japanese reporters on Monday. “I didn’t particularly do anything I hadn’t done before to try to earn the contract. I earned it by doing what I’ve always done, so I didn’t really have to worry about that.”

The 26-year-old, who spent the last two seasons on a two-way deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, described the Raptors as a “defensive team” that plays as a unit and uses defense to set up scoring opportunities on the offensive end.