Originally Posted by Legends66NBA7
Raptors already have their future piece commitment to Jonas
and you can't take anything from the pre-season at face value.
Let the rookies play it out after this season and play a few more seasons to gain some perspective here.
1) That is the plan - but frankly having both and pushing to see which develops is the better move. Having too much young upside is never an issue when you are 5th best in the Atlantic.
Further despite the rose colored glasses that a "lot of Raptors Fans" on this board are wearing... I am not convinced that Val is a sure thing - and that Drummond might be the better player in 3 years !!! Honestly I dont know - but at least I am willing to admit it.
For every Vlady Divac or Sabonis (*spelling Portland Russian Center and damn near hall of famer) - there is a Darko or Bierdens.
I hope and trust the scouting is right cause I am a fan. I wont bet my house on it.
2) Preseason and summer leagues are not regular season - I grant you that. However if teams show early chemistry that does mean something. Especially 2nd units. I agree however that Drummond performance in this one game is not the issue - the reason to have selected him are frankly obvious.
3) As above. It is "at best" a crap shoot in judging :
Drummond > Val or visa versa
Jeremy Lamb > Ross or visa versa.
I really dont know but in 3 years I could easily project or see the Raptors on the loosing side of those equations just as easy as the winning side.