Raptors pre-draft workouts start this week
Old 06-11-2012, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Big week coming up for the Raps with the workouts starting:

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Kendall Marshall scheduled to workout for Toronto, Phoenix and Dallas this week, per source. Toronto (M/T), Phoenix (W/TH) and Dallas (Fri.) Kendall Marshall may go up against fellow PG Damian Lillard next week in either New Orleans and/or Portland, source told CBSSports. Twitter
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Seth Cohen: This weeks' workouts for Hollis (Thompson): Toronto on 12th, Washington on 14th, Philly on 15th, Portland on 16th..with 6 still remaining before draft Twitter
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Barnes has a workout Monday in Toronto that he's really excited for. Said he's heard great things about the city.
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Barnes won't get past Golden State. It's all empty hope.
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Barnes won't get past Golden State. It's all empty hope.
Probably. But there is sometimes an unpredictable pick that happens and allows a player to drop. Also, you never know if we'll move up. Seems like there is still some uncertainty.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Apparently Damian Lilliard is in Toronto on Monday too...

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I believe Lillard's range starts with the Blazers at No. 6. I doubt he slips past the Phoenix Suns at 13. He's got workouts in Toronto on Monday, as well as Sacramento and Phoenix this week.
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Slips past Phoenix?!?!?!

If the Raps keep the pick, I'd be happy if Lillard was even available at 8.

In no particular order, the top 7 appear to be (in my opinion, and what I can tell from all the mocks)....

Davis
MKG
Thomas
Beal
Drummond
Lillard
Barnes

I'm hoping one of Barnes, Lillard or Beal falls due to a wildcard pick. I don't see any of the others falling, since Golden State will gobble up Drummond if he slips past Portland, and Thomas and MKG are in talks for legitimately going #2.
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Slips past Phoenix?!?!?!

If the Raps keep the pick, I'd be happy if Lillard was even available at 8.

In no particular order, the top 7 appear to be (in my opinion, and what I can tell from all the mocks)....

Davis
MKG
Thomas
Beal
Drummond
Lillard
Barnes

I'm hoping one of Barnes, Lillard or Beal falls due to a wildcard pick. I don't see any of the others falling, since Golden State will gobble up Drummond if he slips past Portland, and Thomas and MKG are in talks for legitimately going #2.
Agree with this completely, I would take any of those top 7 guys (even though I'm not big on Drummond, I'd use him as a trading chip), but I just hope that some makes a wtf pick right before us. Hoping for one of the same three that you mentioned to slip. If not, I say we trade down, or out, and pick up more assets in the process.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah past 13th? No way, dude is 5-10 range
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No surprise that the #Raptors announced workouts this week. Talked to Robert Sacre's agent on the weekend and he'll be here Wednesday.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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^ Nice, hopefully get to see some videos from him during the workouts
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It’s not exactly that Damian Lillard has a chip on his shoulder or anything but there is an edge to the NBA prospect who’ll work out privately for the Raptors Tuesday afternoon.

He comes from a tiny school in a small conference where he was a point guard who was primarily a scorer and there are questions about his ability to transfer that collegiate talent to the professional ranks.

He knows those questions exist and he’s determined to answer them for anyone who asks. Kind of defiantly.

“I know I can,” he said emphatically in Chicago last week when asked if he could be an NBA point guard. “Playing at Weber State and our offence, they needed me to score points, for us to be successful, I had to score points and I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to win games.

“In the NBA, I’ll be surrounded by NBA level players and it’ll be more likely for me to make plays for other guys and I won’t be such a dominant offensive player. I won’t have to do as much offensively.”

Lillard remains a person of interest for the Raptors and their No. 8 selection in the June 28 draft. While a group of eight others — notably North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall and Pickering’s Devoe Joseph of Oregon — will work out in a group this morning, Lillard gets a one-man session this afternoon.

But it’s not as if the Raptors are getting their first look at the 6-3 guard, who averaged 24.5 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 47 per cent from the field and 41 per cent from three-point range as a Weber State junior last season.

Toronto officials saw him work out in California earlier this month and they got to see him again in Chicago last week. They have seen him rocket up some draft charts — he’s seen as the best point guard prospect in the draft — and interviewed him at the draft combine.

What they likely see is a confident young man entirely comfortable with his basketball abilities and his personality and maturity.

“I’ve been away from home, I’ve had an opportunity to grow as a man and not to down talk anyone else in the draft but I’ve got experience over them,” he said. “A lot of them are 19, 20, some 18 years old and I’m 21, going to be 22 this summer.

“I think my maturity is going to help me.”

Whether the Raptors would take a point guard remains to be seen. They have Jose Calderon under contract for one more year but backup Jerryd Bayless is a restricted free agent and there are no other point guards on the roster.

With a need for a small forward and depth at shooting guard, they may want to look elsewhere. But Lillard also knows that this is the perfect time for him to come out.

“Lot of people think it’s a weaker class as far as point guards, I think it was a prefect year for me to come,” he said. “If it was a great class of point guards it would have been harder for me, coming from Weber State.

“I think it all happened at the right time, I had a good year and it’s not the best class of point guards.”
NBA draft: Damian Lillard checks in with the Toronto Raptors - thestar.com

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Just got the note that Damian Lillard get his workout with the Raptors this afternoon, on his own, after a handful of others go this morning in a group setting.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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i bugs me that I like this guy so much...I said it a few week ago too after watching an interview. I dont trust draft picks. I am not even sold on the consensus number one. But this guy just seems mature. And I saw his workout, its a real one, he's busting ass right now, he wants to succeed.

I dont think you can go wrong with that.
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too bad he's gone at #6
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a friend of mine goes to weber state and is friends with lillard. i've never met him but he's supposed to be a really nice guy.
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too bad he's gone at #6
That's not the worst case.... I like Lillard too, but if someone drops, we're still getting a major prospect. I'd almost like to see it be Drummond!

Lillard is legit though....
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Damian Lillard will work out privately for the Raptors Tuesday afternoon.

A 6-foot-3 point guard out of Weber State, Lillard is eager to prove he can run an NBA team.

“I know I can,” Lillard said. “Playing at Weber State and our offense, they needed me to score points, for us to be successful, I had to score points and I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to win games.

“In the NBA, I’ll be surrounded by NBA level players and it’ll be more likely for me to make plays for other guys and I won’t be such a dominant offensive player. I won’t have to do as much offensively.”

Toronto owns the No. 8 selection in the June 28 draft.

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Well if he's gone at 6, then you know another good player is there.
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IMO one of Lillard, Barnes, Drummond, Beal, Waiters will be there at #8. I think Waiters will be there for sure, but the rest of them will be interesting. Someone will take a surprise player between 4-7.
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Lillard, Waiters & Rivers seem like good picks to me, I'd be glad to get any of those players. All 3 of them won't be gone before #8, there's a big chance we can land one of them.
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