Who do you think Bryan Colengelo is going to draft ?
It doesnt have to be the first pick.. You can predict any trade downs and pick the guy who you think be the Next Raptor..
I personally think the Raptors are going to draft Marcus Williams. I expect a pick swap with either portland or Atlanta. I do not know why i have this gut feeling that toronto is going to draft him. Although I do not like him very much, i would want toronto to pick Bargnani or Roy after the pick swap with portland or Atlanta.
We shall come back n review this thread after draft night
The first set of picks would be players that I would like us to pick:
#1 Overall: LaMarcus Aldridge, PF/CT, Texas
Possible Candidates: Rudy Gay, Andrea Bargnani
Those three are the only three players that I would be pleased with if we selected at a very high number, as in the top 3, not necessarily in the top slot, because there are rumours of a trade down to #3, but if we do, I wouldn't want anyone besides Aldridge, Bargnani or Gay.
The following are players that I believe the Raptors will pick:
#1 Pick For Team: Marcus Williams, PG, UCONN
Possible Candidates: Brandon Roy, Andrea Bargnani
I honestly believe that Colangelo knows this team will only go as far as the point guard can take them. The trade rumours all center around superb point guards, from Brevin Knight to Luke Ridnour, so if he can't get it done in the trade, then he will look to trade down for another asset, and then using the pick will choose whom he feels is the best point guard in the draft, Marcus Williams.
I don't really have a preferance on who they draft. I'd rather them not trade out of the first round completely though! Just because I like the Raps having a first round pick when I watch the draft.
I've heard a lot of good things about a lot of different players. Plus the fact that we have no clue what Colangelo is planning on doing with the team as in trades and free agent signings. Makes it hard to decide which player I'd like to see drafted.
sumthins telling me Collangello already made up his mind to draft the italian stallion ..1.)hes been on his nuts since day 1 2.)His euro connections 3.) Collangelo is itaian himself..and claims he wants to make the raptors a little international kinda like what he did with Suns...But my personal pick would b Tyrus! (ATHLETICISM!)
The players I think make the most sense to draft are:
In no particular order
LaMarcus Aldridge - 3rd piece of the triple towers, potential star
Rudy Gay - highlight reel, lock-down defender, star potential
Brandon Roy - does it all
Marcus Williams – pure point, no good free agent pgs
Shelden Williams - solid defender & rebounder, great fit w/ CB4 and CV31
Sear Sene (mid to late) - freak of nature, potential greatest shot-blocker of all-time, if he learns the game
Bargnani - I guess, not sold on him playing along side Bosh and CV
If BC could work a deal to position us to take any two of the above guys, I'd be ecstatic.
Sear Sene (if he slips, which he wont) - see above
Denham Brown - not because he's Canadian, he can play
James White - depth on the wing, highlight reel
Guillermo Diaz - exciting player (but would ideally be matched up with a tall pg to allow him to play his game, maybe Brandon Roy?)
Taj Gray great athlete, solid rebounder
Dee Brown - still need a pg
Kyle Lowry (if he slips) - still need a pg
Will Blaylock - still need a pg
Darius Washington - still need a pg
I think If they keep #1 you have to go Aldridge. they might go center by comittee with bosh and charlie but that is a front line nobody can match up with. If they trade down to 3/4/5 I would say Roy or Gay whichever is available. Roy eases the pressure on the point and is a do everything guy that compliments bosh and charlie. Gay has superstar potential and could be a Tmac like player. I also think that if Houston drafts williams he'll be part of a sign and trade for james once free agency hits.
Chad Ford, along with several GMs, meets and watches Andrea Bargnani. The conclusion? He's no Tskitishvili. He's much better. Ford quotes an NBA executive, after watching Bargnani earn 16 points, on 7-13 shooting, to go with five rebounds, three blocks, and several defensive mistakes in 25 minutes: "If you know anything about basketball overseas," one executive said, "then you know the type of pressure and competition that kid played against tonight. The players are better than college and the intensity is greater than just about anything you'll ever come up against. Do you know how crazy you all [in the media] would be going if an NBA rookie put up a performance like that in the Finals? He's going to be just fine."
Skita played well overseas too. I'm so negative towards Bargnani it's not even funny. But I could very well be completely wrong. I just think he's the most risky player to take because you just don't know whats gonna happen when he comes to North America.