Toronto Raptors: 3 prospects to keep an eye on in 2022 NBA Draft

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Jaden Ivey, Toronto Raptors Draft
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 19: Jaden Ivey #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

2. Jaden Ivey, SG, Purdue

Ivey certainly has the bloodlines of a future NBA star, as his mon was a WNBA player for the Indiana Fever and he rose through the ranks as a much-hyped recruit. Like Mathurin, Ivey chose to stay one more year in West Lafayette, and he could end up becoming the best non-freshman in this class.

Ivey is a speedy player with a solid wingspan, plenty of bounce, and a willingness to go all-out defending both guard positions. In order to play off-ball guard, those are three boxes that you have to be able to check, or at least show competence in, to warrant playing time. An old-school slasher, Ivey’s potential is through the roof.

Jaden Ivey could be another premium athlete for the Raptors.

Ivey will need more work than Mathurin on offense. He made just 39% of his shots from the floor and 25% of his 3-point attempts. Luckily, Ivey is heading to a team that has been willing to take on any number of projects on the offensive end, so he could find a home with a team that is willing to work on his offensive game.

What you can teach is his natural boundless athleticism, which could one day make him a top-flight scorer if he becomes a slightly better shooter. With the combination of Ivey, Trent, and Fred VanVleet all on the floor for heavy minutes, the Raptors could add some serious spice to their offense.