Rivers continues to impress in the interviews. He said he is only working out for teams that he sees a fit with and is only scheduling 5 workouts:
NO - 1st and 10th picks
Toronto - 8th
Washington - 3rd
Portland - 6th and 11th
Cleveland - 4th
Very interesting to see Washington and Cleveland on that list. If they were to choose Rivers at those spots it would really change the draft. Anybody know where Beal is working out?
Also, interesting to hear Rivers mention Nash's name as someone he could play alongside in Toronto.
Last edited by The Coach; Thu Jun 14th, 2012 at 06:29 PM.
Is anyone on this board hoping to draft Rivers?
Harrison Barnes has had the most impressive interviews.
yes i think harrison is coming off very well and would love for him to fall. he is coming off as a smart, realistic and understanding young man.
My only concern with Drafting Rivers is what we do with Demar. Rivers can really use the bounce and would give us an attaching player that could get his own shot off. Maybe if we used him in a James Harden role as a rookie and look to make room for him in a year or two.
Demar,8th for 14th and Kyle Lowry, pick up Rivers and Lowry would be a great start to off season, though if he isn't there we could look at Harkless or even Royce White given Lambs bad interviews he may even be around.
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I fear that some are putting too much emphasis on Rivers' apparent "want" to play in Toronto.
If he didn't come from an NBA family, I would say Rivers' career is destined to follow Jimmer Fredette's. He doesn't shoot good percentages, he's a chucker, and doesn't create for teammates. I just don't see the appeal.
Barnes' interview reminds me of Kobe. His personality and confidence seem very similar, and he seems to be able to put that charm on.
Have not seen so many well spoken potential draftee interviews. I also detect the confidence/leadership trait in many. I wonder if this is an anomaly with this class or that the Raptors have zoned in on such qualities as necessary in their player profile going forward.
I would attribute that to their agents. They know exactly what drills to practice and what they are going to be asked in interviews before they show up to the facility.
I'll finanally have some real free time again this weekend. I can't wait to check out some of these videos.
One thing about these draft workouts. If you remember, we never worked out or even interviewed Ed Davis, but still ended up drafting him (partly because we didn't think he would drop to us). So, another situation can happen where we draft someone who wasn't originally on our radar.
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I think the only 'safe' bet in the draft for the 8th spot is Austin Rivers IMO. He seems to be a guy that will be a good pro no matter what. It's really because of his intangibles, especially his cockiness. We don't have enough players like that, and he is very high character.
I can see him being a great scorer off the bench like J-Harden, but not as good in the play-making area. Or Austin could start at the two and move Derozan to the 3.
With either Jose or Nash on the team, I don't believe Austin Rivers will be too much of a danger in terms of taking care of the ball, because he doesn't have to be as much of a facilitator in Toronto.
I like his ego, strong scoring ability, ball-handling, ability to shoot from anywhere, quick, deceptive, athletic, and can really break defenses down, which no one on our team can do consistently, or even at all....
I see his skill already an upgrade over Demar, I think he could be a really nice fit. Come in, score, make plays offensively, and he is a very aggressive player.
Damian Lillard is another name I like, and I would love it if the Raptors went big and drafted Perry Jones III, even though it is fairly unlikely.
Austin Rivers is cocky, but knows his role and what he has to do. He seems like a better fit than Dion to me...
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