2012 NBA Draft: Toronto Raptors: The Art of Mocking V.1
The Raptors have a lot of needs and no position should be overlooked, we should simply be targeting the best player available.
Chad Ford of ESPN mocked Harrison Barnes to the Raptors and he had this to say about Barnes:
“The Raptors have been looking for a legit small forward for several years and Barnes would be a perfect fit. While he hasn’t had the elite season we expected (those early Kobe comparisons have totally faded), he’s still a lethal shooter who could turn into a Danny Granger/Glen Rice sort of player down the road.”
NBAdraft.net has mocked Chad Ford’s big board former number one Andre Drummond to the Raptors. NBAdraft.net had this to say about Drummond:
“Drummond is a great kid, but really struggled with consistency and focus after arriving on campus at UConn late. After Davis, Drummond has the most upside of any player in this draft class, and by a wide margin, but the fact that he did not improve much under one of college basketball’s top talent developers (Calhoun) is viewed as a red flag. Drummond’s motor runs hot and cold leaving many wondering whether he will live up to his vast potential. Said one scout about Drummond after their tourney loss to Iowa State in which he scored just 2 points. “He reminds me of Oden, and not in a good way.” He very easily could still end up the second overall pick, but teams will be sweating bullets with the thought of drafting a player with such a laid back demeanor. The organization that Drummond lands with will likely play a large part in his future success or lack thereof.
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Draftexpress has mocked Thomas Robinson to the Raptors, while Hoopshype has mocked Jeremy Lamb to the Raptors and had this to say about Lamb:
“Lamb has really refined his pull-up game off the dribble, a weapon that often propels players to the next level. He has broken out as UConn’s go to scorer and the top SG prospect in the country. Lamb has ice water running through his veins and appears to be one of those players who elevates his level of play in crunch time. While Drummond and Davis have more upside, Lamb could ultimately end up the best player from this class. He needs get tougher both mentally and physically as he avoids contact and can be thrown of his game by bigger stronger opponents that get physical with him.”
There are currently a plethora of opinions on whom the Raptors may target this June with the only thing all agreeing on is that we will not be drafting our point guard of the future.
What will the Raptors big board look like today?
Taking into account that Anthony Davis will definitely be off the board within the first two picks the Raptors big board (excluding Davis) should look like this:
I have Gilchrist at the top as he has the ability to play the 2 or the 3 and projects as a higher-motor rich mans James Johnson. MKG is a slasher who has shown improvement is perimeter game, though it is still a work in progress. Gilchrist is a glue-guy who can defend multiple positions on the floor. Gilchrist is not as one-dimensional as Barnes and may hear his name called as the first wing off the board.
Barnes is the prototypical small forward and would fit a great area of need for the Raptors who have not had an answer at the three since Vince Carter moved to shooting guard. Barnes has a great release on his shot and has NBA three-point range. Barnes has also displayed the potential to be a lockdown defender at the next level. His stock has dropped a bit from last year, which is music to Toronto Raptors fans’ ears.
Robinson plays power forward and with Bargnani locked into that role Bryan Colangelo may pass on him if he is still available when the Raptors are on the clock. Robinson has put up elite numbers this season at power forward, but at 6’9 there is a chance he drops to the Raptors. Robinson could average 15 and 10 as a rookie for the Raptors if cast as the starting power forward.
Andre Drummond is oozing with upside but has posted rather pedestrian numbers for someone with his size. He will be a serviceable NBA center but may never be a star. Where he lands will dictate the success he has in his NBA career. He has completely disappeared in games this season and is a high risk, high reward project big man.
The only reason I have Lamb ranked last is because the Raptors seem to view DeRozan as a shooting guard and nothing else as can be evidenced by his meager six starts at small forward versus 188 at shooting guard. Lamb is a long shooting guard who would force DeRozan to small forward. Lamb is more adept at creating his own shot and the two would create a formidable wing duo. Lamb is a solid shooter, who is not afraid to take it to the hoop when needed.