Jun 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; President Barack Obama (middle) is presented with jerseys from (L-R) Connecticut Huskies center Stefanie Dolson, Huskies guard Bria Hartley, Huskies guard Ryan Boatright, and Huskies guard Shabazz Napier at a ceremony honoring the NCAA men

New POLL – Draft Day is (finally) here!

Mar 22, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Dayton Flyers guard Jordan Sibert (24) fights for a loose ball with Syracuse Orange forward Jerami Grant (3) and Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis (11) in the second half of a men

Rapture Nation, I’ve monitored a bunch (too many!) of mock drafts, video clips and tweets over the past month. My goal was to offer you a Poll whose choices would reflect the most likely collection of players still on the board when the Toronto Raptors are on the clock at #20. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded, despite changing the poll options several times. For example, when I put together my original list, Elfrid Payton was an option. However, he’s been zooming up the mocks so dramatically that I took him off. Some gurus are saying his workouts have been impressive enough for him to make the lottery. Nik Stauskas is another I’ve reluctantly removed as a choice.  There clearly is emerging a wave of interest in reliable shooters, so Nik and Doug McDermott are climbing. I nearly removed T.J. Warren, but decided to keep him. He’s “my” pick, after all, and I’ve seen him in the late teens, so he might still be around. It’s the Draft – strange things happen.

Anyway, here’s my best shot at #20. You are welcome to choose “someone else” or “trade the pick”; if you do, I’d welcome a Comment. Of course, those who chose a player I’ve listed are free to Comment as well, but I’d enjoy learning of alternate choices or potential trades you may have up your sleeve. The list is deliberately random.

"With the #20 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select..."

  • Tyler Ennis, Syracuse (32%, 33 Votes)
  • Adreian Payne, Michigan (14%, 14 Votes)
  • T.J. Warren, North Carolina State (12%, 12 Votes)
  • Clint Capela, Chalon (12%, 12 Votes)
  • Kyle Anderson, UCLA (10%, 10 Votes)
  • Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (8%, 8 Votes)
  • K.J. McDaniels, Clemson (8%, 8 Votes)
  • trade the pick (7%, 7 Votes)
  • somebody else (4%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 103

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Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Toronto Raptors

  • Harun Said

    K.J Mcdaniels

    • Benjamin

      Brian doesn’t seem to be even the slightest fan of McDaniels despite the fact that the Raptors scouts think very highly of him. I would love too see him drafted at 20.

      • Newmarket_Brian

        Hello Harun & Benjamin:
        OK, how about this…I’ll add McDaniels to the poll AND I’ll modify the rules to allow more than one vote until 10:00PM Toronto time Wednesday. That way if you voted for someone you really didn’t like, you can go back and vote for McDaniels.
        I’m only down on McD because I’m biased against one-dimensional players. The guy hasn’t proven he can shoot, which will inhibit him in the NBA. He’s a fine defender. If the Raps’ scouts think he can learn to shoot in time, maybe he’ll be the choice.
        The value of commenting, guys!

        • Benjamin

          Sorry if I came off critical, Brian. The value of your opinion isn’t affected by your view of McDaniels otherwise I wouldn’t keep reading your material.
          He managed to score 17ppg on 45% from the field despite his inconsistent shooting. He hits the boards hard despite being a wing player and hustles on defence. His inconsistent shooting seems to resemble Kawhi Leonard’s when he left college in that it’s the result of inconsistent shot preparation and questionable shot selection. I think working with a shooting coach and working on his handles could make him a serviceable offensive player, but obviously his upside is in his defence.

          • Newmarket_Brian

            Hi Benjamin:
            I’m fine with you being critical, so no apology is necessary. I’m glad you keep reading.
            Sometimes players force shots up when the alternatives are worse. Clemson was offensively challenged all year. Perhaps McDaniels would take better shots with better teammates.
            Thanks for dropping by.

        • OleWhatsHisName

          Funny enough, he’s been shooting the lights out from deep in summer league.

          7/11 thus far.