Originally Posted by EggsToTheBBQ
I'll address the Euro comment with this list:
When it comes to 7 footers it pays not to be too selective about the color of their skin or national origin. I'd rather not miss the boat on a quality C because of assumptions and inaccurate generalizations.
Araujo was a terrible pick. It was a huge gamble and it's no surprise that it didn't work out.
As for Valanciunas...
Valanciunas has been performing exceptionally well against professional competition. Against his own age group he has been completely dominant.
He has shown rapid improvement over the last couple of years, and has shown the desire, and work ethic, required to reach the next level.
He is a seven footer that is well coordinated and moves quickly and fluidly on the court.
He initiates contact and fights for every point and rebound he gets.
He's the anti-Bargnani.
Also, if you think there are a number of options out there via trade or free agency to acquire a solid injury free C you are mistaken. Most of the guys on the lists floating around these forums are restricted free agents.
Its nice you are grabbing some names of centers who were drafted in 80's. Have to dig really deep to get some good names. If you do say he is the "ANTi-BARGNANI", that's a good thing. However, the next pick is going to be a very important piece for the Rap's future. You don't go back to a formula (Bargnani #1, Hoffa #8, Radojević #12) where the franchise has taken a step back rather than take step forward. The significance of the pick and the rank (top 6 or higher), Raptor cannot afford to gamble its future. I wouldn't mind get a solid Euro player at a later pick, but not a top 6 pick. Also, from the above players you have mentioned, Divac was drafted 26th by the Lakers in 1989, Marc Gasol was drafted 48th by the Lakers, Sabonis was was drafted 77th by Hawks in 1985. Very good players with very good careers proving their worth and value from the low-risk gamble their teams had made.
Hakeem, Duncan, Mutumbo proved their draft risk and worthiness by playing in US colleges for several years.