The NBA Draft Blog Team Needs series continues to take a look at each teams various draft scenarios.
The Toronto Raptors are a team which definitely has some quality pieces.
Andrea Bargnani, a former #1 overall pick, and DeMar DeRozan have both had their breakout moments, and Ed Davis is waiting for his chance to make a mark on the team. However, the team lacks not only an identity, which may be resolved based on the next coaching hire, and still lacks a full complement of quality parts. Having a true point guard who controls the team could help that situation a lot, and they may be in luck this year. Let’s take a look at the Raptors’ needs:
Returning Players- Jose Calderon (G), Andrea Bargnani (C), Leandrinho Barbosa (G – Player Option), Amir Johnson (F), Linas Kleiza (F), Julian Wright (F – Qualifying Offer), Demar DeRozan (G), Jerryd Bayless (G), Ed Davis (F), James Johnson (F), Joey Dorsey (F – Qualifying Offer), Solomon Alabi (C)
Team Needs- Perimeter Scoring, Top-Quality Point Guard
Position Needs – PG, SG, SF
Picks – Round 1, Pick 5 (#5)
Analysis- 1 pick in this draft for the Raptors, but they may be in luck and be able to fill a real need – a legitimate point guard prospect – with it. I discussed yesterday that there is a good chance that Utah may look to Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight to shore up their point position at #3. I would be surprised if Toronto didn’t jump at whichever one of those two the Jazz pass on.
Alternatively, though not as likely right now, the Raptors could look to add a big man such as Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas to add a more legitimate low-post threat and let Bargnani operate outside the lane. If they do that, I wouldn’t be surprised if they look to add a 2nd round pick and target another quality point with scoring ability, such as Isaiah Thomas, who on a personal note would be a huge hit in Canada, Malcolm Lee, or Diante Garrett.