Toronto Raptors Preparing for the NBA Draft as Game 6 Looms
With the 2019 NBA Draft only nine days away and amidst all of the chaos that comes with being in the NBA Finals, the Raptors are ramping up their draft preparations in hopes of uncovering another hidden gem in the late second round.
This year, the Raptors only have the 59thpick. It may not sound sexy, but keep in mind the success the Raptors have recently had in the later rounds. Namely, Pascal Siakam was the 27thoverall pick in 2016; Norman Powell was the 46thpick in the 2015 draft; and productive players like Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher went undrafted!
Today, the Raptors held their sixth overall pre-draft workout, with some interesting prospects, including a few Canadians. Here is the full list:
🇨🇦 Kyle Alexander (Forward, Tennessee)
Javon Bess (Forward, Saint Louis)
🇨🇦 Oshae Brissett (Forward, Syracuse)
Jalek Felton (Guard, Union Olimpija)
JaKeenan Gant (Forward, Louisiana-Lafayette)
Quinndary Weatherspoon (Guard, Mississippi State)
At this point it is difficult to predict what the Raptors will be targeting, especially considering they only have one late selection. The most likely scenario is that they’ll draft the best player available, maybe even an international player to stash overseas.
Alternatively, the Raptors may find themselves in a position with very little cap space following this summer and may actually use this pick to target a player they feel may be able to help them contribute. If that is the case, the Raptors may look to add wing depth or perimeter shooting.