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The Art of Mocking: A look at who the Raptors may land in the draft

28 April 2010 2 Comments

Up until about a week ago the ESPN draft machine had us selecting Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson, latest results have us landing point guard Eric Bledsoe, also of Kentucky.

What is interesting to note is that no matter how the rest of the draft plays out, the draft machine has us taking Bledsoe, and this is with 3 point guards already under contract.

A look at other mock drafts sites have Ekpe Udoh, Ed Davis, Daniel Orton, Patrick Patterson, Hassan Whiteside and Donta Mutiejanas coming to the Raptors.

Mock drafts are imprecise, and are best ‘guesstimates’ of what will happen in the future.

PhdSteve of Raptors Republic published a mock Raptors draft board and it is a pretty accurate depiction of what our actual draft board may look like if the draft were held today with us still unsure of the future of Chris Bosh.

Of all the prospects currently tied to the Raptors it is Eric Bledsoe who intrigues us here at Raptors Digest the most. Bledsoe is an undeniable lottery talent who was held out of the nations eye by uber-prospect John Wall.  Bledsoe is not at the top of many the mind for many writers putting together mock drafts, but the fact is that Jack or Calderon, or both are on their way out, which means we will likely be looking for our point guard of the future in this draft.

A lot of mock drafts believe Chris Bosh is most likely on his way out of Toronto and that the Raptors will look to the draft to immediately fill his role. It is a valid argument, but the argument could also be made that the Raptors already have their Chris Bosh replacement and his name is, for better or worse, Andrea Bargnani.  Bryan Colangelo has stated himself that Andrea will be the one to take over and slide into the vacated PF slot, if Chris Bosh does in fact choose to leave the Raptors.

Based on team needs the point guard position and the center position are our greatest areas of need. Amir Johnson who is still only 22 (birthday May 1st) has the makings of a legit starting NBA center, especially if he can cut down on his fouls. With the Raptors said to be getting ready to offer the MLE, or an MLE sized contract to Amir Johsnon, a big man is not our biggest need. This fact becomes even more evident when you consider that Amir Johnson is only 19 days older than Ekpe Udoh, a big man prospect from Baylor who has been heavily linked to the Raptors.

Draft talent, actualized or potential, not positional need (Rafael Araujo anyone?). Bryan Colangelo gets it….he spent a #1 pick on a power forward when our best player was a power forward; so there is still hope Raptor fans.

What do you think Raptor fans?? Which prospect do you hope we draft??

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  • Toronto Raptors Morning Coffee April 29 | Slam Dunking said:

    [...] Raptors Digest A lot of mock drafts believe Chris Bosh is most likely on his way out of Toronto and that the Raptors will look to the draft to immediately fill his role. It is a valid argument, but the argument could also be made that the Raptors already have their Chris Bosh replacement and his name is, for better or worse, Andrea Bargnani.  Bryan Colangelo has stated himself that Andrea will be the one to take over and slide into the vacated PF slot, if Chris Bosh does in fact choose to leave the Raptors. [...]

  • The Squanch said:

    I am not sure Bargnani can handle the PF position given that his defense and lateral speed as well as his understanding of switches and team defense are still weak. Offensively he does well against slow centers in this league. He seems like the type of player who goes on hot and cool streaks as evidence by his performances in the past years with the team. Moving him to another position eventhough it might not seem like much of a move might totally blow his mind and his momentum in terms of developmental progress. I can see the argument though since he rebounds worse than a midget at a big man clinic. I think in this situation you plug in a strong PF. A typical one that is heavy of the muscles and defense to make up for his frontcourt mate’s inabilities.

    Drafting a PG would be the other way I would go. Jose sucks as we know. Jack is good but he is not an elite level PG that teams like Utah, Milwaukee, and Boston (*choke choke*) have.

    All that considered. I guess the bottom line is right on with what you said. Draft for the talent and let the cards land where they may.

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