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  • He went to the same school as pippen. Correct me if I am wrong he stayed in his state for high school and college. Which shows loyalty

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    • https://youtu.be/gDm4OhW6z0o


      Abdoulaye Ndoye

      interesting prospect but his entire game is wild a lot of habits would have to be broken and he needs to get in the gym

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      • even with his flaws I would take him I can teach him to be a better shooter, I can teach handles, I can teach how to use your body but his size length and footwork are natural. His off the ball awareness is rare in today’s nba. If we pass on him I am going to be pissed.

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        • should grab this kid if he goes undrafted

          Only one thing matters: We The Champs.

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          • MixxAOR wrote: View Post


            should grab this kid if he goes undrafted
            Nice hook shot and footwork, and also good face up post game with soft touch around the rim. I like players that have a nose for the basket and are not afraid to take it in. Looks to be an explosive rebounder too. Because of the increase in the 3-ball, and the resulting long rebounds, somehow I feel bigs have been given a bit of a pass lately when it comes to that. You still need to protect your glass and be aggressive on the offensive glass. Board man gets paid. One of the most unsettling things in close games are Centres/Bigs that are soft rebounders. That's a key fundamental that can turn games around.

            I don't know what this kid's defence looks like, that's hard to tell on mostly all rookies, but all-in-all we need to move away from 1-dimensional players, be it just all-defence or all-offence. We learned quickly that all-offence no-defence players won't get you far, but the opposite (all-defence no-offence), can be just as damaging. Need your big to be engaged, either spacing the floor, or being a powerhouse inside, so they can demand some attention from the opposing D. As a big, just setting screens, passing around and doing empty DHO's will quickly get the opposing D to ignore you and all of a sudden your team is playing 4 on 5.

            This kid seems to know where the basket is, as do other young bigs on this draft. I feel like Masai will go for a PG with the first round pick, and pick up a C with the 2nd/undrafted (or vice versa).
            Last edited by inthepaint; Wed Oct 14, 2020, 02:43 AM.
            2019 NBA Champions. Glad to have doubted the doubters.

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            • MixxAOR wrote: View Post


              should grab this kid if he goes undrafted
              He's got a better handle than Pascal or OG. lol.

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              • golden wrote: View Post

                He's got a better handle than Pascal or OG. lol.
                Knock on him looks like is that he can't switch on guards but his rim protection is decent. And also he spent 4 years in college
                Only one thing matters: We The Champs.

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                • MixxAOR wrote: View Post


                  should grab this kid if he goes undrafted
                  He looks stiff and Uncoordinated, I question his 6’10 height he doesn’t look that tall. I like his hook shot and rebounding

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                  • huge fan of Georgetown centers is that telling of my age lol

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                    • If we can get those 2 players which we would have to give up much resources we win this draft

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                      • https://www.cp24.com/sports/raptors-...ches-1.5154760
                        Raptors do without live visits from potential recruits as NBA draft approaches

                        Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
                        Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:12PM EDT

                        TORONTO - Any other season would have the Toronto Raptors' getting to know potential draft picks over intimate dinners in Toronto. They'd be showing them around the city. They'd be seeing how they take direction in on-court drills at OVO Athletic Centre.

                        But on the heels of a season unlike any other in history, next month's NBA draft presents unique challenges for the Raptors. With the travel restrictions around COVID-19, the Raptors haven't had the opportunity to bring players into their training facility in Toronto.

                        “It's very different than what we're used to, I can tell you that,” Dan Tolzman, the team's assistant GM and vice-president of player development, said Wednesday.

                        The Raptors have the No. 29 and 59 picks in a Nov. 18 draft that Tolzman called “very balanced.”

                        And with the global shift to virtual meetings amid the pandemic, most of their pre-draft work is happening online through extensive film work, discussions as a staff and background digging, Tolzman said.

                        “We are doing what we can within the guidelines that the league has given us, and we're making the best of it,” Tolzman said. “It seems like forever since we've seen these players.”

                        While March Madness was cancelled, the Raptors had been closely studying draft prospects before that.

                        “So we feel pretty comfortable with where things were at when everything got changed,” he said. “I think it's going to come down to trusting in our gut feeling in some of these players.”

                        The one-on-one interaction is a big loss.

                        “We value the visits that the players usually come up to Toronto and get to know them in person. And honestly, it's a really good opportunity to sell the city, too, to a lot of these guys who have never been out of the country or especially to Toronto. It's unfortunate for that side of things to kind of miss out on that opportunity.”

                        Every pre-draft workout ends with a discussion among coaches. They'll dissect everything from speed and athleticism, to interaction between players, to understanding of drills.

                        “We're still getting some one-on-one time,” Tolzman said. “We're doing a lot of Zoom interviews. Of course, it doesn't recreate the inter-person discussions, but we're doing our best to at least get to know them through those sorts of interviews, but then also reaching out and talking to people within their circles to just kind of learn as much as we can.”

                        While the Raptors must adhere to the federal government's travel restrictions, Tolzman said the inability to see players in-person is a league-wide issue.

                        “The NBA is restricting a lot of the player travel just out of an abundance of caution. They don't want people traveling around in too many different markets,” he said.

                        Player development is another issue. While the NBA resumed in a “bubble” in Florida, the developmental G League cancelled the remainder of its season outright. What next season looks like is a big question mark. The Raptors' player development has fluorished since their G League affiliate moved to nearby Mississauga, Ont., and became Raptors 905.

                        The Raptors' time in the bubble ended when they were dispatched by Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Tolzman was asked whether any of the unique aspects of the bubble could be carried over to when some semblance of normalcy returns to the league.

                        “It was such a unique experience to be able to live with your team, you were so closely intertwined with everybody that you really got a fun college dormitory-type feel to it of working together towards the common goal,” Tolzman said.

                        Tolzman said the bubble had an “all hands on deck” feeling. With a reduced staff, trainers, equipment managers and security personnel pitched in to rebound balls, for example.

                        “As an organization, we have the capabilities to step up and help where needed, so . . . we have a little better idea of what's possible.”

                        Led by RJ Barrett, who was drafted No. 3 by the New York Knicks, Canada had six players drafted in 2019, setting a record for a country outside the U.S. The other five were: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans), Brandon Clarke (Memphis), Mfiondu Kabengele (Los Angeles Clippers), Ignas Brazdeikis (New York) and Marial Shayok (Philadelphia).

                        Six Canadians have declared for the draft: Karim Mane (Vanier College), Nate Darling (Delaware), A.J. Lawson (South Carolina), Andrew Nembhard (Florida), Isiaha Mike (SMU) and Marcus Carr (Minnesota).

                        The Canadian class isn't nearly as deep or as high-profile as past seasons.

                        “(But) there's definitely some interesting players who we see with the right development, the right program put in front of them,” said Tolzman. “They could absolutely turn into legitimate NBA players.”

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                        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWc2Qxg3494

                          Looks like he has great potential on the defensive end. Raps worked him out last week from what I've read.

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                          • My favourite to grab with our 1st rounder is Xavier Tillman. Little short for a C but has a decent wingspan and is solid defensively, good defensive rebounder, a great passer for a big, and looks like he could develop a shot.

                            Haven't developed a real list yet but he stands out from what I've seen and tends to be mocked in the early 30's.
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                            • DanH wrote: View Post
                              My favourite to grab with our 1st rounder is Xavier Tillman. Little short for a C but has a decent wingspan and is solid defensively, good defensive rebounder, a great passer for a big, and looks like he could develop a shot.

                              Haven't developed a real list yet but he stands out from what I've seen and tends to be mocked in the early 30's.
                              One of the better shooters from the combine apparently

                              Here is a list from Draft Expres that I saw recently:

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                              • DanH wrote: View Post
                                My favourite to grab with our 1st rounder is Xavier Tillman. Little short for a C but has a decent wingspan and is solid defensively, good defensive rebounder, a great passer for a big, and looks like he could develop a shot.

                                Haven't developed a real list yet but he stands out from what I've seen and tends to be mocked in the early 30's.
                                Interesting prospect. He looks...beefy...and not the quick spry type you would normally associate with a Raps draft pick, but it's hard to tell anything from highlight reels. Do you know if the Raps have worked him out?

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