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Old 05-24-2008, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alrighty guys and gals, I thought with the draft just under a month away we should have a thread dedicated to all the talk that's going to begin (or already has) regarding prospects for us in the first round with our #17 pick or prospects in general.

Anyhow, right now as mentioned already we have #17 but that could potentially change, so if it doesn't who do think the Raptors should go for? Would you rather see them draft big or smaller?

Right now, based on what I've read and watched courtesy of You Tube I like this French kid Nicolas Batum.

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Old 05-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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we should just draft hibbert and hope he can be either brenda haywood or eric montross.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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we should just draft hibbert and hope he can be either brenda haywood or eric montross.
Really funk? I'm kind of nervous about drafting big seeing how it hasn't been our fortē over the years.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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honestly, i don't like hibbert and i didn't watch enough college basketball to know who all these freshmen are coming up. sooner or later we're going to have to reach for a big regardless of our bad luck. is that other lopez kid any good?
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How do we know that other teams won't take Batum? I would take him as a big SF.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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DeAndre Jordan
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JaVale McGee
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Robin Lopez
Kosta Koufos
Roy Hibbert
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Really funk? I'm kind of nervous about drafting big seeing how it hasn't been our fortē over the years.
there's no one as bad as Garth Joseph this year. I say draft big or GTFO. UNLESS we somehow get Miami's #2 pick and draft Rose.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oooo or Alexis Ajinca

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Old 05-24-2008, 02:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Alrighty guys and gals, I thought with the draft just under a month away we should have a thread dedicated to all the talk that's going to begin (or already has) regarding prospects for us in the first round with our #17 pick or prospects in general.

Anyhow, right now as mentioned already we have #17 but that could potentially change, so if it doesn't who do think the Raptors should go for? Would you rather see them draft big or smaller?

Right now, based on what I've read and watched courtesy of You Tube I like this French kid Nicolas Batum.

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So does Bryan.

Batum can put the ball in the basket with the best of them.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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How can a comparison be Bender/Moore? Thats like saying a guard is Paul/Watson. Theyre two completely different players.
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How about Kosta Koufos? He's a 7 ft center from Ohio. Averaged about 15 ppg. At least now we don't have to rely on Bosh when it comes to big men stepping it up.

Oh yeah he's also 265 lbs
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like Lopez.

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Strengths: More mobile and athletic than his twin brother Brook … Really hits the glass hard and hustles for loose balls … An excellent shot blocker (led the Pac-Ten as a freshman at 2.4 per game) … With his quickness and explosive leaping ability he has a real chance to be a factor as a shot blocker on the next level … Foot speed is good allowing him to get to rebounds and run the floor very well … Tough, hardnosed player willing to do the dirty work to help his team win … Both brothers are extremely long and naturally strong and aggressive …
I don't care that he only scores on putbacks and garbage buckets.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I like Lopez.



I don't care that he only scores on putbacks and garbage buckets.
I feel like Humpy already does that, when he's allowed to play.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Reminds me of a Marion..
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Old 05-25-2008, 10:56 AM   #15 (permalink)
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What about Chris Douglas-Roberts from Memphis? He's pretty versatile with the ability to play either SG or SF. Loves to attack the basket and also a decent shooter in the field.

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Old 05-25-2008, 11:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I feel like Humpy already does that, when he's allowed to play.
Nah, this kid is 7 feet tall, 260lbs, athletic, blocks shots, rebounds and plays D.

He's not looking to (against coaches orders) shoot everytime he touches the ball or put it on the floor and take way too many dribbles for a guy with no handles and hands made of stone.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I don't get the love for all the SG/SF's. We need someone who can rebound the ball.
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:23 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I don't get the love for all the SG/SF's. We need someone who can rebound the ball.
We do yes, but I think we can acquire that via trade or free agency this summer. We have a history of drafting piss poor period, but have a bigger tendency of drafting shitty big men. (ie. Haffa, Bargnani, Radojevic, Bradley, etc.)

I'd like to take our chances on a slasher/attacker type player who isn't afraid of getting physical when taking it to the hoop. We have to erase this reputation as being just a jump shooting team which we've been for years. Drafting one player isn't going to change that because it comes from the coaching on the way down, but its easier to teach someone to shoot than it is to teach someone to create on offense and have the ability to drive to the basket often and with success. JMO
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Old 05-25-2008, 01:47 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Check out Russel Westbrook, combo guard similar to a Monte Ellis or Rodney Stuckey...all he does is go right at the rim, great defender, huge athlete with a ridiculous wing span for his height which will allow him to play against bigger 2's. Was matched up for part of the NCAA finals against Rose and did a good job, specially first quarter, I'd love to see the Raptors make a move with POR, Caldy our #17 for Pryzbilla, Outlaw/Webster, and there #13, than use that on Westbrook, he can backup TJ, with Ukic as insurance,

The bigmen that will be available at 17 probably wont meet most of our needs. Koufas is more of an exterior player, yes he's 7 feet, and big, but at the next level he'll heavily rely on his jumper (do we really need another 7 footer enamored with shooting jumpers?) Hibbert is a pick just for height, hasn't proven he's a great rebounder, scorer, or even has a high motor, DeAndre Jordan, and JaVale Mcgee are exellent prospects, but high-risk high reward types, both could quite easily flop, and are projects...the best fit for bigs is Robin Lopez, Anderson Varejoa with better athletic ability
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I like the looks of the Batum kid. The fact that it's pronounced Bah-TOOM clinches it for me.
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