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jeffb 06-02-2011 07:30 PM

Pre draft workout dates announced
The players working out were not listed but when they are we can put them in here.


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June 2, 2011

The Toronto Raptors will continue preparations for the 2011 NBA Draft by holding pre-draft workouts at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors have four dates scheduled beginning Tuesday, June 7. The other workout dates are Wednesday, June 15, Thursday June 16 and Monday, June 20. Additional sessions will be announced as needed.

All of the Raptors’ pre-draft workouts will be held in the Adidas Practice Court, located on the third floor of Air Canada Centre. Media will be granted access towards the end of each session. . A representative from the Raptors’ basketball operations staff will be available for comment following each workout.
Raptors Announce 2011 Pre-Draft Workout Dates | Raptors

Nopropsneeded 06-03-2011 09:59 PM

can we watch the draft workouts on NBA TV canada.

box92 06-03-2011 10:06 PM


Brandon Knight, who like Evans played one year for John Calipari in college, is confident he could lead an NBA team.

"I think I would fit in as long as I could come in and be able to run a team," Knight said. "I'm not sure how it would work with Tyreke, but I'm pretty sure we could play together. I just want to come in and fit in wherever I go."

Making a Knight-Evans backcourt work likely won't be an issue.

Knight is expected to go no lower than fifth to Toronto, two spots ahead of the Kings in the first round.

Knight said he would work out for Toronto next week.

Read more: Knight Works Out For Kings, Raptors Next - RealGM Wiretap
I guess hes the first one

js12 06-03-2011 10:08 PM


Originally Posted by Nopropsneeded (Post 545393)
can we watch the draft workouts on NBA TV canada.

I don't think so. At least not live. They might post a video on Raptors.com but they traditionally do not broadcast the workouts.

LX 06-03-2011 10:10 PM

They have shown short clips along with scrum sessions on raptors today.

jeffb 06-07-2011 09:49 AM

And so it begins...


Eric__Smith Eric Smith
#Raptors A.M. workout on TUE: Kemba Walker, Jacob Pullen, Will Graves, Marcus Simmons, Dallas Lauderdale, Curtis Kelly


Eric__Smith Eric Smith
#Raptors afternoon workout on TUE: Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas, Alex Stephenson, Frank Hassell

jeffb 06-07-2011 12:20 PM

Walker at this mornings workout:

Lockerz.com .:. Eric Smith's Photos - ...Another shot of Kemba Walker chatting with the media at the #Raptors workout

Don Vito 06-07-2011 05:32 PM

Found Walker's interview

Kemba Walker- June 7, 2011 | video | Raptors

jeffb 06-07-2011 06:42 PM

jeffb 06-07-2011 06:48 PM

js12 06-07-2011 09:30 PM

Looks like Kemba impressed the staff.


“Most impressive today was his passing ability,” Kelly said.

“The situation called on him to be more of a scorer ... he was basically the first and second option they had on their team. I think he’s a versatile enough guard that he can do both, especially scoring the ball.

“I think he’s going to have the ball in his hand most of the time and I think he has the capability to be a true point guard.”

Despite that statement, Kelly added that the NBA game has gone away from what it once was.

Traditional, “true” point guards, floor generals who looked to set up their teammates the bulk of the time have been replaced by hybrid guards like Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose who threaten to score 25-30 points on most nights.

“The definition of a point guard now is a little different (than it once was),” he said.

“I definitely see more points coming from the point guard spot than there used to be.

“The bigger the guard the better usually, but I think (Walker’s) got enough quickness, enough savvy, definitely enough basketball experience (to) get his shot off and still get the ball to the open man.”
Raptors think Walker's the real deal | Basketball | Sports | Toronto Sun

jeffb 06-07-2011 09:39 PM

It's funny though, Kelly said Knight is faster then Walker at running the floor and Walker is quicker with the ball in his hands. He also said that what they like about Knight over walker is his size and defense. When i saw the Jim Kelly interview tonight he looked and sounded more impressed with Knight. But like i said, if either is available at #5 we'll probably take him, if both are available i say they take Knight. I'd be happy with either of them at this point because beyond those two there isn't much left there for us to take.

jeffb 06-15-2011 08:48 PM

Today's workouts:

- Cory Joseph (G, 6-3, Texas)
- Demontez Stitt (G, 6-3, Clemson)
- Kawhi Leonard (F, 6-7, San Diego State)
- Tristan Thompson (F, 6-9, Texas)
- Tobias Harris (F, 6-8, Tennessee)
- Marcus Morris (F, 6-9, Kansas)


RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 06-15-2011 08:50 PM

Yo Jeff(or anyone else):

Have the Raptors work out either David Lighty or Jon Diebler?

jeffb 06-15-2011 08:56 PM


Originally Posted by RaptorsandBuckeye FaN (Post 548874)
Yo Jeff(or anyone else):

Have the Raptors work out either David Lighty or Jon Diebler?

Nope. I'd like to see them workout Lighty and maybe grab a 2nd round pick and take him if he's still available.

Super_Size_Swag 06-16-2011 11:43 AM

Im high on Lighty as well, would love to see the Raps make a move for a 2nd round pick.

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 06-20-2011 05:44 PM

Nice little article on Lighty:

Toney compares Lighty to Bruce Bowen, Raja Bell or Tony Allen, all good defenders and solid role players.

?Dave?s a better shooter than Tony Allen,? he said.

Lighty, 23, is always smiling.

?David has a quiet cockiness about him,? Toney said. ?You have to stir him up. Norris is cockier. He has a high motor.

?David is a consummate team player. He?s an exceptional athlete and defender. He?s got great size, quick feet and he?s strong. He can guard the ?1,? ?2? and ?3.? He?s going to compete and play hard. He can make a shot on you. (Lighty and Cole) are going to play 10 to 12 years in the league.?

Lighty appeared in 157 games at Ohio State, the most in NCAA history. He averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior.

Diebler, Lighty?s teammate at Ohio State, believes in the latter?s ability.

?The intangibles he can bring are something you can?t pass up,? he said. ?He can defend. He?s very explosive as an athlete. Each year at Ohio State, he improved his 3-point percentage. You can?t teach what he brings to the table. His ability to guard the ?1? through ?3,? and possibly some ?4? men, is going to be his ticket to the NBA.

?I think he?s going to surprise people with his offensive capabilities. He?s worked hard on his shot in the offseason. He?s improved every year. He?s a guy who is so athletic, he?s going to fit in well at the next level. I?m very happy for him. I?m confident a lot of teams will like him.?

ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said he?d take a chance on Lighty in the second round.

?He can guard,? he said. ?He?s got a good body. He knows how to play. He?s a guy that will come in and do the dirty work for you. He can guard multiple positions and is a good athlete, not great. He can make an open shot. He?ll come in and do no harm.?

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