Raptors mock draft has Toronto taking G League standout

May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

The Toronto Raptors mock draft predictors are going to have a field day figuring out what Masai Ujiri is going to do with his top pick. With the bench in disarray, choosing to add an injection of youth and potential at any position would be a welcome relief for this Toronto side.

The Raptors may look hard at adding a standout scoring guard. In addition to the fact that this draft is full of young swingmen who would be excellent fits in Toronto, the Raptors are so desperate for help in this area after the Svi Mykhailiuk benching that Yuta Watanabe is getting some shooting guard reps.

The Raptors will be spoiled for choice if they end up with a pick in the teens, as some athletic gambles from the G League and experience scorers from blue-blood programs in college will be trying to win them over. The experts seem to this Toronto will opt for the riskier, yet more rewarding, proposition.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz combined for their latest two-round mock draft, and Toronto ends up taking a G League Ignite player in guard MarJon Beauchamp. Would Toronto be able to look past some of the rough edges in his game and designate him as their Sixth Man of the future?

Toronto Raptors mock draft: Will Masai Ujiri add MarJon Beauchamp?

While top recruit Jaden Hardy and Aussie Dyson Daniels entered the G League season with more hype, poor performance by the former and a questionable offensive ceiling from the latter has helped Beauchamp emerge as arguably the most NBA-ready prospect on this team.

Beauchamp is averaging 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game in the G League. With a solid handle, quality interior finishing, and enough intuition to create mid-range opportunities for himself, Beauchamp looks like someone who should be a double-digit scorer as soon as his second season.

With a 7-0 wingspan and impressive motor, Beauchamp profiles as someone that could be an impact defender at multiple positions early in his career. Toronto wouldn’t have to compromise on their principles of length and strength if they add the Yakima, Washington native.

Beauchamp is still not a good 3-point shooter, which means that he might need some time with Raptors 905 to reach his full potential. Beauchamp went from junior college to the G League, so he could be in for a major culture shock when he enters in NBA.

Beauchamp is another bet on athletic potential over Year 1 tangible results. Even against some fringe pro talent in the G League, his ability to impact the game on both ends is evident. The Raptors’ bench would be in good hands for the next few years if Beauchamp keeps improving.

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