Dr. Chim Richalds
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: plane of pure scrumtrulesence
Let Us Analyze the Draft
Obviously this season is a complete embarrassment, and anyone who thought Vagnani could be a franchise player has been exposed as a fool. But as usual, the fans of atrociously mismanaged teams like the Raptors have a juicy consolation prize waiting for them after the season. That's right: it's a mother****ing lottery pick *******.
So I propose that instead of wasting our breath lamenting the horrors of our current roster, let's discuss who we should draft. Here are some of the top prospects this year:
Kyrie Irving (Duke) - True PG, was kicking ass for Duke before injury, fast playmaker and scorer, may be a little skinny though, will be interesting to see if he can come back for the end of the college season and do something. Comparison: a longer Aaron Brooks.
Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) - Big body, big motor, true PF, smart and hardworking, good scoring touch and post moves, rebounds massively, some would question his athleticism and defensive potential at NBA level, but is surely a stud. Comparison: less athletic, more energetic Carlos Boozer? Fat David West? Poor man's Moses Malone? Hard to say.
Perry Jones (Baylor) - Could be number one pick on potential alone, super coordinated and athletic 6'11 PF, could eventually even be a combo forward, however is very raw and has maturity issues. Most talented player in college basketball, high risk high reward. Comparison: potential Lamar Odom/Kevin Garnett, but far far from living up to that potential.
Enes Kanter (Turkey) - Arguably the only true center of note in this class at 6'11 260, apparently a brute with high skill level, low post scorer, but unfortunately not playing anywhere this year due to NCAA ruling on amateur status. Lack of exposure and delay in development could hurt him, but still a big time prospect. We've had problems with Turkish players recently though. Comparison: Luis Scola/Mehmet Okur with less range.
Derrick Williams (Arizona) - Explosive and extremely productive PF, natural scorer and rebounder, undersized for position at 6'8 240, a tweener, defensive question marks (might have hard time keeping in front of NBA SFs and hard time bodying up with NBA PFs), but talent and physical abilities will see him picked in the top 5. Comparison: lesser version of Jeff Green.
Donatas Motiejunas (Lithuania) - Long 7'0 Euro PF, we all know how that turned out last time. Much more lean physically than Bargs, similar skillset and athleticism, but apparently has the same kind of laziness and immaturity too. Based on exceptional talent, could be picked anywhere in Top 10, including #1 if the right team has the pick and can be sure he won't pull a Rubio. Seriously, if he wasn't rumoured to be very spoiled and soft, could be considered top prospect. Comparison: Yi Jianlian/skinnier Andrea Bargnani.
Terrence Jones (Kentucky) - Hard to get a read on, strong, athletic, skilled 6'8 SF, may be a bit of a tweener, from what I've seen has no right hand and is very slow getting off jumpshot, but size, talent and productivity make him tempting. I just hope the Raptors aren't tempted. Comparison: more talented Ryan Gomes.
Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) - Athletic 6'7 SF, exceptional rebounder (really), gritty defender, energetic but raw as a scorer, you would never regret drafting him outside the top 5 or so in this draft. If the Raptors do fall down in that 6-9 pick range either by losing in lottery or winning too many games, this kid would instantly make our team less wimpy. Comparison: Dennis Rodman in SF form!!! Just kidding. Or am I? I'm not even sure. More likely a slightly better Trevor Ariza/Matt Barnes type.
Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) - Big, long, raw Euro 7-footer, lacking explosiveness and skill but possessed of great height, long arms, good hands, and naturally strong frame. Sheer size makes him a potential lottery pick this year. I've had enough of Europeans for a while. This guy sounds like the type who wouldn't come over for a few years anyway. Comparison: Tiago Splitter/white Brendan Haywood(?).
Brandon Knight (Kentucky) - If this kid turns out to be a true PG he'll make a lot of teams wish they'd drafted him. He's strong with good size at 6'3, excellent defender/jump shooter/slasher, not a great leaper and playmaking/leadership is shaky at this point. If we fall out of Top 5 I would really like to get him. Comparison: Rich man's Raymond Felton.
Alec Burks (Colorado) - I have never gotten a chance to see him play due to team he is on, but apparently a very talented and athletic 6'6 combo guard. Not sure what to make of that. Sounds like Tyreke Evans or something. Although I'm sure he's nowhere near that good, expect him to rise up draft boards as his physicals come in at draft combine. Main knocks are lack of strength and inconsistent jumpshooting. Comparison: Poor man's Tyreke Evans?!? More likely a longer, less explosive Shannon Brown.
Jan Vesely (Czech Republic) - High potential Euro player, apparently a very long, athletic and coordinated 6'11 combo forward, but not exceptionally skilled. Although he is often touted as a huge SF, I think he's probably more of a full time PF down the road. I don't really know that much about him since he's "over there." Again, would rather we avoid Euros. Comparison: Omri Casspi/Jonas Jerebko type.
Jimmer Fredette (Brigham Young) - High scoring PG with awesome first name, able to hit any jump shot despite lack of explosion, kind of like Stephen Curry or even Steve Nash. Unfortunately nowhere near Nash's level as a playmaker and floor general, but he has a flair for the dramatic and ability to put up huge scoring numbers. Probable college player of the year, probably not a true PG in NBA. Comparison: Much taller J.J. Barea? White Gilbert Arenas? Nash sans passing? Second coming of Pete Maravich? Second coming of Jesus?
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) - This may sound crazy, but I see some similarities with Chris Paul. They're about the same size (5'11 barefoot), both are lightning fast, amazing ballhandlers, and have great scoring touch driving to the basket. Not the kind of amazing passer and leader Paul is, but Walker should still be a late lottery pick despite lack of ideal size. One of top scorers in college basketball. If we really pooched our draft stock by like going on a huge winning streak, and then missed out on both Irving and Knight, I would want us looking at this kid. Luckily, that won't happen. Comparison: an extremely poor man's version of Chris Paul. Wait, that does sound ****ing crazy. Let's say less athletic Jonny Flynn instead.
Harrison Barnes (North Carolina) - Inconsistent and lack-lustre play so far has absolutely destroyed his draft stock, which in his defense was vastly over-inflated. Still, he has been improving lately, and he is still a long, coordinated and smoothly athletic 6'8 wing, even if he is much less skilled and explosive than people were expecting. If he even enters this draft, he has to at least be on one's radar. Comparison: Nick Young with potential to become Richard Jefferson facsimile.
That is literally every player I can even imagine us considering with a top ten pick. Discuss among yourselves who the Raptors should pick, preferebly not basing your opinions on my crackpot comparisons. Who would fit best? Do we go for talent or utility in such a low-talent draft? What would Colangelo do? Seriously, I'm worried about what he'll do.
I will post profiles of other draft prospects later because I am a junky for this shit.
Last edited by A.M.G. : 02-07-2011 at 03:24 AM.