I do not want Lopez, Douglas-Roberts or Hibbert at that spot. Lopez or Hibbert I'd take a shot on if the Raptors' pick was in the mid-20's. I don't like CDR whatsoever and think there are too many better options.
I like Batum and Rush.
I don't know what to think of Greene just yet. He was a very inefficient scorer for his size and ability at Syracuse. He's not the smartest player but his athleticism, youth and size make him a tempting pick.
A guy I really want but I don't think will fall to us at 17 is Joe Alexander...Guys a workhorse..and his offence is developing nicely. Also very athletic and and coachable. However if he isn't there I could see Rush/ Batum or Lopez/Speights in a Raps uniform....the ones I will not be sold on Donte Green/CDR/Ajinca. I don't watn to see any of these guys in a Raps uniform. Green - too much bust factor...got all the tools and not enough drive...even at the NCAA level. CDR not athletic enough to play with the freakish atheletes in the NBA. Unorthidox shots will help him he's crafty..but that will only take him so far. Ajinca...thin rail not a good rebounder or shotblocker..so another Andrea but more athletic...don't need anymore of those. We'll see what happens...it's creeping up
Joe Alexander's athleticism is nice but he can't create his own offense well and his jump shot really isn't that good. He's very athletic even by NBA standards but the advantage he'll have won't be as great as it was at WVU. Obviously if he falls to 17 you have to take him though.
I don't know about drafting Nicholas Batum. Raptors can't take a risk with another European player they already got Bargs to worry about an develop. Why take another risk on another European player.
Look at what the Spurs are doing, Bargs might become a terrible break for Colangelo, but that doesn't mean taking a European is riskier than most college prospects projected to go between the 15th and 20th spot.
What I would like to see happen is Colangelo moving-up in the draft, he clearly stated that he was very un-impressed with his options @ the #17 spot. We can also stipulate the inevitable dealing of Calderon or Ford and the fact that T.O. will have much cash to spend in the offseason aside from re-signing Calderon. If the Raptors can swap picks with a team holding on to a pick between the #6 to #10 spots, this could mean landing guys like Anthony Randolph (even though he's listed as a PF on many scouting reports, he has no trouble with the 3. Others could inclued Brook Lopez (If we need some diffense and rebounding at the C) or Eric Gordon (Anthony Parker could be a nice trading piece).
I got an idea for an trade to get a better pick
Portland get their Point Guard they wanted in Jose & they also get a 17th pick. If you read Eric Smiths Blog on the fan590.com Byran Colangelo is working out lots of second round picks in the upcoming days. With the 13th Pick in the draft the Raptors could get a scorer they need. Raptors also get Channing Frye back who could help Bosh get boards in the post.