Feb 12, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis (11) and the Orange bench react after Ennis shoots a three point basket to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Petersen Events Center. Syracuse won 58-56. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors: Draft Pick Situation and How They Should Use It

For the first time since 2008, the Toronto Raptors have made the playoffs and failed to qualify for the NBA lottery.  The Raptors hold the 20th pick along with the 37th pick acquired from the Sacramento Kings and the 59th pick acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder.  So with three picks in the 2014 draft, there are many decisions that have to be made.  Should they trade the picks?  Who should they draft?

Building the team through the draft has always been a method the Raptors have used to bring talented players to Toronto but it may not be the solution this time.  This draft has been labeled the best draft since 2003, and one of the deepest drafts we have seen.  Although there have been successful players picked 20th (Zydrunas Ilagauskas, Zach Randolph, Jameer Nelson) most players picked at that position fail to last long in the league including Dion Glover, Renaldo Balkman and Julius Hodge.  A much more practical use would be using the skyrocketed stock of the pick to get a useful player.  This could help us fill the void for a back-up centre.  A potential trade would be the Raptors package Nando De Colo (if they resign him) and the 20th pick to Brooklyn for Andray Blatche, who would be a respectable back-up who can stretch the floor.

If Ujiri does decide to use the pick and select a player, we can only hope that he will pull a rabbit out of his hat and get a quality player.  Some strong options would include:

Cleanthony Early- Small Forward

Early, the Wichita State forward would be a sensible player to nab in the end of the first round.  Likely to still be on the board when the Raptors pick, Early would be a favourable back-up for Terrence Ross and could possibly take control of the starting position if he lives up to his potential.  He can use his athleticism to find his niche as a solid two-way player in the league as he has good lateral quickness with a good three point shot and a refined post-up game

Tyler Ennis- Point Guard

With the future of point guards Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and Nando De Colo still up in the air, Ennis could be a safety net for the Raptors if the current point guards leave in free agency.  Ennis, a Brampton native, is not an elite scorer but possesses fantastic passing ability as well as great intangibles like his leadership and composure.  This would be huge boost for the Raptors offensively off the bench or even as a starter if Kyle Lowry is not brought back.

K.J McDaniels- Small Forward

McDaniels, an underrated player coming out of Clemson University has fantastic potential as well as a very well round player who averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks could be a big piece for the Raptors if they chose to select him.  Although he is undersized at 6’6, he makes up for it with extreme athleticism.  If he is selected by the Raptors, he could very well take over the starting small forward role if he lives up to his potential.

I guess we will just have to wait and see what the Raptors do on draft day.

Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Toronto Raptors

  • Marnix Saynor

    No way we want Andray Blatche. He’s a low character guy with poor work ethic, he’d probably bring automatic weapons to the locker room

  • Harun Said

    Cleanthony has a good work ethic and wants to improve, so i really like him and he is super nice (interviews) so he won’t mess up Toronto chemistry and i think Kyle Anderson could be good player for Toronto

    • Jack Moore


      Thanks for reading. I agree with the idea of bringing Anderson to Toronto but I worry his game will not translate to the NBA. He is truly a “boom or bust” prospect and I am not sure if Masai Ujiri wants to take that chance.


  • Take it in

    No Andray can’t put him with young guys he needs veteran help

  • Jensan

    Brian , read your beliefs. Still want David Lee and Harrison Barnes . Perkins + 21 for Salmons gives you a backup centre

    • Jack Moore


      Thanks for giving the article a read. I like the idea of Perkins and 21 but not sure if OKC is willing to give away their starting center. As for Lee and Barnes, I am doing an article on a trade that may or may not discuss a trade like this so keep an eye out ;)


    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Jensan:
      I’ve asked our new writer, Jack Moore, to take a run at “acquiring” David Lee. It’s going to be interesting to see what he comes up with.

    • Omar Fouad

      That’s not realistic at all why would OKC want Salmons, to even give up Perkins and a first rounder. Salmons is expensive and sucks.

  • cd hall

    No A. Blatche please!!! Though Anderson will be a good ball distributor, do not believe he is athletic enough to fit our defence.C. early and MJ McDaniels could fit but have you thought about the low post and backup centre needs thru the draft? Perhaps take a look at A. Payne @ 20 or D. Stokes @ 37.

  • Omar Fouad

    I do not know how realistic this is, however I think this is what we should do. First buyout Salmons and re-sign Vasquez and Patterson. Second, sign and trade Kyle Lowry for Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley, and 26th pick. Draft PJ Hairston with 20th pick and later draft Elfrid Payton with 26th pick. I think we should draft with a back up center and power forward with our final 2 picks.
    Our line up would be: Starters: Chalmers, Derozan, Ross, Johnson, JV. Back ups: Payton, Vasquez, Hairston, Beasley, Patterson.
    I have no clue whether we can make a sign and trade before the draft or if we can tell the Heat who to pick with the 26th pick then make the trade. Honestly I have no clue if Miami would like this deal because Beasley played well for them and the 26th pick will be one of the few young spots for them. I really like Elfrid Payton because he’s a lockdown defender, great handles, and can drive really well with his speed and has good court vision, he can potentially be the next Rondo. The only reason I part with Lowry is because he’s already in his prime turning 29 at the start of next year, and our core of Derozan,Ross, and JV are 24, 23, and 22.

  • Jensan

    Omar, salmons has a 1 million dollar buyout and OKC saves $8.3 on their salary cap , which can be used on butler and a backup centre

    • Omar Fouad

      Yeah but they still lose their starting center and a 1st rounder, and I don’t think they’ll need Butler because Jeremy Lamb will get better along with Jackson. Plus I don’t think Adams is ready to become the starter quite yet.I also think there would be better offers for Perkins and 21st pick than Salmons’s buyout.