As Greg Hall pointed out earlier this week, the Toronto Raptors have no picks in this year’s NBA Draft, scheduled for June 27. This situation should not be of much concern to us fans, as even those players at the top of the class (Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter) don’t have much WOW factor. However, the 2014 draft is the diametric opposite. Likely one-&-done talents like Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and [saving the best for last] Canada’s own Andrew Wiggins could change a number of teams’ futures for the better.
What does all this mean for the Raps? Our new General Manager, Masai Ujiri, is in the early stages of his tenure. I’m sure he’s already reviewing the roster, but the biggest question for him can be expressed simply: Tank or Playoffs? If the GM concludes that the team as currently built is on a one-way track to Palookaville, he needs to blow it up. We’ll be looking at another losing season, and relegation to the draft lottery, but with hopes of landing a monster talent from a rich crop of players.
Conversely, if he thinks enough of the talent under contract to believe that a season of relative stability can bring a playoff spot, then he’ll leave well enough alone. One assumes he will concentrate on rebuilding the scouting and coaching staffs he’s recently eviscerated, and go find some free agents to buttress the bench. If he’s right, the Raps will be in the playoffs, but all those juicy 2014 talents will end up wearing other sweaters.
What do you think? Tank or Playoffs?