IDK if you can see it, but this was my 2011 mock draft last year, I had Valanciunas going to the Raptors, when I watched highlights during the month following the past month I feel in love with this guy, and it pretty much made me want him as a Raptor.
Wonder how Raptor nation will feel a year from now. Everyone has sort of assumed JV is going to be our Centre of the future , but he has yet to play a minute in the NBA. There is a lot about the teams future that will be revealed next season.
But I have no doubt he will be our Centre of the future and a cornerstone to this franchise.
I remember being pretty high on Val about a month prior to the draft, then got scared off by his buyout issues. There were rumours it could turn into a full-blown Rubio situation.
That said, I was probably an even bigger fan of Kanter. I still think he could be a great (not just good) player. Like DeMarcus Cousins without the crazy.
The little I saw of Kanter he seemed REALLY slow footed. Obviously his rookie season isn't what you want to base his potential off of and I think he'll make a fine pro one day, I just don't see it happening for another 2-3 years.
it'll help he has a good coach from the get-go and not thrown into the fire early in his career
Based on what I knew then and not what I know now (there are threads which detail this last year if one were to search) I would have said Kemba Walker.
Based on what I know now my pick might still be Walker although I like Thompson and Leonard a lot. I liked Burks a lot last year but 5 is too high for him.
Anyone expecting 20/10 from Jonas next year just hasn't done their homework. He's a "project", just like most rookies these days. But there's no reason why we shouldn't expect 20/10 (or close to it) within 3 years.
Kanter probably would've put up better stats if he got the minutes. Being drafted by a playoff-calibre team isn't always the best situation for a player who needs court time to improve.
i expect like 7 and 7 and to foul out most games
I had kanter and kemba before valanciunas. But now I'd probably take Thompson or kawhi if Jonas wasn't available.
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