Raptors don't expect to get an immediate contributor in this draft
Last year, the Toronto Raptors took little-known prospect Bruno Caboclo with their first round pick. Caboclo was a project pick, someone the Raptors could afford to wait on as he developed. This year, with the 20th pick, it appears as if the Raptors will head in a similar direction. As Dan Tolzman, director of scouting, told the Toronto Sun yesterday:
"'There is a handful of guys in that same situation,' Tolzman said. 'Guys who come out maybe a year or two early and it’s on us to develop them and project them. Those are the guys we end up looking most at the 20 range.'
It's not as if the Raptors are stacked and only need young talent. They do need to get better, but the improvements they need will likely come from veteran help, not still-developing prospects. If the Raptors can get an immediate contributor, that'd be ideal, but as Tolzman said, that's unlikely in the later portion of the draft.
(h/t Toronto Sun)
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