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  • NBA on ESPN - 2011 Re-Draft

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/...a-2011-redraft

    Today's 5-on-5 was who they would pick for the top 5 picks, looking back on the production/upside of the sophomores and what they turned into. I found one section particularly interesting, with Tom Haberstroh saying he would've taken JV with the 2nd pick.

    Here's two more insiders saying they would've taken him with the Cavs' 4th pick instead of Tristan Thompson.

    Herbert: Jonas Valanciunas. It's a pick that requires patience, as Valanciunas stayed in Lithuania last season and still has loads to learn. He looks like a worthwhile investment, though, showing the tools to be a game-changer defensively and a perfect pick-and-roll partner for someone like Irving.

    McGowan: Jonas Valanciunas has played only 28 NBA games, but I like what I've seen so far: 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a 56.4 true shooting percentage in 22.4 minutes per game. If he hits the weight room and figures out how to stop fouling so often, he could develop into a very good center.
    I also found it funny that for the re-draft at the Raps' position (#5), each analyst picked 5 different players, arguing how they would fit with Toronto.

    I personally was pissed at the time, when we didn't take Kemba Walker, but I'm starting to see the upside of waiting out a year for a tremendously hard worker and already semi-polished player in JV. Just wanted to know everyone's thoughts on this.
    Twitter - @thekid_it

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    JV was a good pick and is progressing well, and Ross is a keeper also, but I'll be a devil's advocate here, and since hind sight is 20/20, I'll say that the Raptors would be a little further ahead if they had drafted Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and Drummond last June.

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    • #3
      stretch wrote: View Post
      JV was a good pick and is progressing well, and Ross is a keeper also, but I'll be a devil's advocate here, and since hind sight is 20/20, I'll say that the Raptors would be a little further ahead if they had drafted Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and Drummond last June.
      But hade we taken Leonard would Drummond even be available by the time we picked? We could very well have moved further down the lottery.

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        tucas wrote: View Post
        But hade we taken Leonard would Drummond even be available by the time we picked? We could very well have moved further down the lottery.
        Kawhi and Fab Melo doesn't have the same ring to it as Kawhi and Drummond.

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        • #5
          stretch wrote: View Post
          Kawhi and Fab Melo doesn't have the same ring to it as Kawhi and Drummond.
          Let the balls fall!

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