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  • #31

    Is there any similarities :P

    Just wondering...Hassan Whiteside is he fast? or is he like Roy Hibbert? Is he offensively challenged like Hasheem thabeet

    I know we need defensive center but how can we draft a center that is slow and who can't do any post moves, hook shot...when we are against strong defensive team who only let "crappy" shooter shot....


    • #32
      Hey At Least We Got Something to Look Forward Too: THE DRAFT!!

      Our pick slated to be around the 12th position, not too shaby we can still pick up a useful player.


      • #33
        I don't care if the guy selected ever becomes a star player, just be better than the Radojevic, Bradley, Graham picks of drafts past. A serviceable guy that comes in and does a solid job hustling and on defence is all I really care for now. A big man may take a while to adjust his game and I don't really have the patience(I know I don't have a choice) to wait 4 seasons to see if he has anything.

        Jarvis Varnado is the guy I'd like in round 2 if he's still around. With the 12th I don't really have a specific guy, JUST DON'T DRAFT A BUST or it'll make the memories of this season even worse.
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        • #34
          We don't have a 2nd rounder due to the Marion-O'Neal trade.

          So we are looking at 14th pick most likely. That's it.

          [Edit] It's that conditional pick thing till 2014, if we made the playoffs this year, then Heat get our 1st rounder, if we don't then the Heat keep getting 2nd rounders until 2014 in which they get our 1st rounder (unprotected).
          Last edited by bdl244; Thu Apr 15, 2010, 12:10 AM.


          • #35
            Excellent news indeed. The Raptors badly need any opportunity they can get to upgrade their talent base.


            • #36
              Dave wrote: View Post
              Excellent news indeed. The Raptors badly need any opportunity they can get to upgrade their talent base.
              My only fear is that Colangelo might be tempted to package this pick (possibly to get rid of a big contract with it).


              • #37
                is that a good thing? Hedo turk contract is .....uhhh not good for that kind of production


                • #38
                  Faithleader wrote: View Post
                  is that a good thing? Hedo turk contract is .....uhhh not good for that kind of production
                  Yeah but we packaged way too many picks over the years that could have had an impact on the current team more so then the players we got back for our picks (Rudy Fernandez and Roy Hibbert could have been in a Raptor's uniform today not to mention the unknown player we are going to miss out in the next few years).


                  • #39
                    probably, but due to cap space right now and bosh situation..i think this year draft can be ignored if they find good pieces such as an ALLSTAR SG!

                    and Roy a faster center can go around

                    On another note....
                    I knew Delfino is a better player than marco >_< omg


                    • #40

                      Xavier Henry SG HIGHLIGHTS

                      Strengths: Eighteen year old freshman with an effortless, fluid style ... His body is NBA ready - built like a freight train possessing tremendous strength ... Ideal frame for a shooting guard or small forward at the next level. Naturally gifted scorer (28 ppg as a HS senior) with a deadly shooting eye. Prolific shooter from beyond the arc with tremendous range. Pure stroke with a quick, smooth release. No hitches ... Uses his legs very well on his shot getting good lift ... Effective slashing to the hoop where he can attack the rim and seek out contact ... Finishes extremely well, shrugging off defenders with ease ... Gets to the free throw line regularly and is automatic. Active on the glass ... Can be a terrific rebounding wing with his strength and freakish wingspan (6.7 per game in 2009 and 7.2 in 2008) ... A thief when playing off the ball defensively, reading passing lanes and intercepting passes (1.7 spg through his first seven collegiate games). Refreshing positive attitude on the court. Always smiling, seeming to truly enjoy the game of basketball ... Hard worker and very coachable, which is rare for a player of his stature.

                      Weaknesses: A strong athlete but not an elite level athlete ... Does not possess explosive speed, quicks or leaping ability, although his leaping ability is better than his foot speed ... His first step is mediocre and his face up game lacks creativity ... His options are limited when he puts the ball on the floor and is quite predictable ... Ball handling needs to improve drastically. Turnovers have been a bugaboo early on at 2 per game ... Needs to develop his right hand. Too left hand dominant on the dribble and on the finish ... Settles for too many long range shots. Should take advantage of his strength inside and attack more. Lack of comfort in the post game. He has the physical edge against any college SG or SF and would be wise to exploit it ... Defense runs through positive and negative patches. At times plays with excellent passion, and other times appears to be going through the motions ... Lateral quickness is not ideal, but his strength and length can mask that deficiency.

                      Cole Aldrich C
                      Strengths: Smooth bigman with great length and developing skills who has quickly become the premiere center in the country ... Shows solid basketball understanding/fundamentals and a high motor ... Made a huge jump during his sophomore season (going from a 3ppg 3 rpg player to 15 ppg and 11 rpg) and appears ready to take his game to another level in his junior season ... His long arms (7'4 wingspan) allows him to play a few inches bigger than his 6'11 height and patrol the paint ... Has good agility for a player his size and is beginning to develop good body control and offensive moves ... His overall feel for the game has begun to come around. His footwork in the post is superb and his post game is starting to become highly efficient ... He employs an effective hook shot as well as the ability to step out and hit shots facing the basket ... But to his credit he is not overly enamored with drifting away from the basket and focuses on using his size, strength and touch to score easy baskets in the paint ... Though the mechanics on his shot aren't pretty, they are effective ... A bigman who runs the floor well and can finish on the break ... Shows excellent coordination with the ability to convert plays in both the half court and on the break ... Defensively he has become a real presence as a shot blocker using his huge wingspan to inhale close to 3 blocks per game ... He shows solid vision finding teammates when he gets doubled and does a good job of finding open teammates cutting to the basket ... Soft hands give him the ability to gather rebounds or post passes and limit any fumbling of the ball ... Developed very good consistency in his sophomore year scoring in double figures in all but 4 games, and at least 8 points in every game ... Highly efficient offensively, shooting close to 60% from the floor ... His free throw shooting has shown improvement (68% to 79%) and become very effective ... Very solid in most areas ... Appears to be all 6'11 that he's listed and could even potentially measure that barefoot making him a legit 7-footer ...

                      Weaknesses: Not overly explosive or a freakish athlete but his length and agility make him very effective ... His unorthodox shooting style (has a large range of motion on his shot and follow through) makes him appear to be less coordinated and less efficient than he actually is ... Not overly fiery. His demeanor is extremely even keeled ala Tim Duncan, but he shows a competitiveness when challenged ... Could look to extend his range out a little ways, but has shown nice development in his short to mid range shot ... Shows nice speed in the open floor, however his defensive speed laterally is a little slow. Granted most centers aren't as fleet of foot as other positions ... Has excellent strength for the college level, but will need to continue to bulk up and get nastier to contend with the beasts in the paint at the NBA level ... Added strength will also allow him to finish off plays around the basket even more effectively ... Developing a nastier on court disposition will help him. However, his choirboy appearance can be deceiving as he has no problem with physical contact ... Should focus on becoming more of a vocal and all around leader ...

                      Hassan Whiteside C HIGHLIGHTS
                      Strengths: A legit 7-footer with excellent size, strength and potential ... Has good agility and run/jump athleticism ... Very intriguing combination of physical attributes (7-feet and 230 lbs with a 7-6 wingspan) and an explosive athlete ... Imposing defensive presence due to his length and leaping ability ... Already a force defensively averaging 4.4 blocks per game in just over 20 minutes per game (through his first 7 games) ... An excellent rebounder, using his size and strength well on the glass at both ends ... Shows an exuberance for the game and should continue to develop as he gains experience ... Shows some nice things offensively with developing post skills and touch on his shot ... He is still in the early stages in his offensive development, so sticking around college 2-3 years would benefit him in the long run ...

                      Weaknesses: Still a work in progress offensively. At times looks awkward in the post but appears to be gaining confidence ... He's born in 1989, so he's nearly 2 years older than the average freshman. But his upside is unmistakable ... Needs to work on his free throw shooting (currently shooting below 40%) ... Feel for the game is still raw, but not terrible ... Still needs to develop his upperbody strength (at 230) but has a solid frame and muscle mass to work with ... Needs to develop his passing skills to find teammates when doubled ... Should work on his post skills and develop better range on his shot ... Also must look to become more sure handed and cut down on turnovers, although he shows soft hands, and should be fine as he gains experience ...

                      Patrick Patterson PF Davis PF George SF HIGHLIGHTS
                      Strengths: Has great length and athleticism ... Smooth player, makes plays look effortless ... He has good court vision and is an excellent passer ... His length combined with his release point make his jump shot difficult to contest ... Can finish around the basket with finesse or power and can do so with either hand ... Outstanding three point shooter, shot 44.7 percent from behind the arc as a freshman ... His greatest strength may be his ability to play the game with maturity and understanding of someone well beyond his years ... Allows the game come to him, does not force plays and rarely takes bad shots ... He's a good rebounder because of his length and timing, and should be even better as he adds weight to his frame ... Led Fresno State as a freshman with six double-doubles ... His wingspan and basketball IQ allow him to disrupt the game on the defensive end of the court ... Has a tremendous basketball frame with huge wingspan and the ability to put a lot of weight on his wide shoulders ... He averaged 1.7 steals and 1.0 block per game last season in the Western Athletic Conference.
                      Weaknesses: Listed at 6'7" 185, he'll need to add weight in order to absorb contact at the NBA level ... His first step and overall game is smooth rather than explosive, although strength should help him to become more explosive ... Has a tendency to play vertical, looks stiff at times on the court ... Good shooting percentages, but may need to speed up the release on his jump shot at the next level ... At times he can be unselfish to a fault ... Forty percent of his offensive attempts as a freshman were from the three point line, needs to become more adept at putting the ball on the floor ... Playing at Fresno State, there will be some criticism about his level of competition ...

                      Eric Bledsoe PG


                      • #41
                        Whiteside if they're letting Bosh go, Patterson if they plan on keeping him.
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                        • #42
                          I love the draft =)
                          I really like George but i think it would be a slight reach at 13, i would be estatic to see us trade for a pick in the late teens early 20s and draft him there
                          if Aldrich is available, i think you have to take him... hes the defensive center all Rap fans have been praying for..
                          But Davis, if available, is also really interesting because he was projected to be in the top 10 for sure and even top 5, so the the potential is there.

                          So i think it comes down to either Davis or Aldrich. Davis has more upside so thats my choice..


                          • #43
                            heres highlights from Bledsoe


                            Its a half mix of him and Gordon Heyward


                            • #44
                              For the picture: No...
                              Hassan Whiteside is like Javel McGee but better shot blocker and rebounder. His leaping ability is impressive. There are concernes about his work ethic and off-ourt issues. His offence needs a lot of work and he needs to add some muscle. He is horrible at free throws 40%. No question he has talent and tools to be a good player, compared to Marcus Camby. But it will come down to his work eithic


                              • #45
                                I voted Patrick Patterson, but it all depends on who is available. I don't think any position should be truly undraftable for the Raptors, so best player available.

                                Personally, I'm hoping to move up to one of the top three and grab either Wall, Evans or Favors (would he have to change his name to Favours if he were a Raptor?). Cousins scares me a bit, as do a few others lower who have `motivational issues' or off court issues. It's simply not worth it. Especially in today's NBA which has moved away from needing dominant big men.

                                Besides, I think Favors is going to be a better player.
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