1. PG/PF Scottie Barnes
The Raptors drafted Barnes over Jalen Suggs because they think that his potential for the half-decade down the road is too enticing to pass up. Barnes is already going to be a high-level defender and passer, and his ceiling will be determined by how quickly he improves his offensive game.
Barnes needs to become a more confident shooter and creator of offense for himself, and Toronto knows that it will take some time to accomplish that. If any team proposes a trade that involves Barnes heading the other way, Ujiri should (and likely would) hang up his Blackberry while cackling out of earshot.
Scottie Barnes will likely have a long NBA career with the Toronto Raptors
Barnes is going to be a Raptor for a very long time. As iffy as the offense is right now, he’s too darn advanced as a passer, ball-handler, and defender to bust completely. Nick Nurse is signed up to spend however long it takes to make Barnes a good shooter.
Barnes will likely begin the roster on the bench, and the Raptors may need to move some pieces around when he finally proves himself worthy of starting, but he’ll eventually wiggle his way into the spotlight. Barnes was Toronto’s highest draft pick in over a decade, and they aren’t going to squander it.