1. Trevor Keels, SG, Duke
Keels makes a ton of sense as a pick for the Raptors, and the mock draft masters seem to agree. With the size of a linebacker and a motor to match, Keels’ defensive chops are just one of the many traits that could get Toronto salivating near the end of the first round.
Keels’ 3-point shot and bruising iso scoring make him an ideal Sixth Man for this Raptors team whenever fellow Blue Devil alum Gary Trent Jr. needs a breather. Imagine Trent beefed up to 220 pounds with the same ability to create his own shot and you’ve got an idea of what Keels plays like.
The Toronto Raptors should prioritize Trevor Keels.
Though Keels has been billed as a shooter, he started to fall off near the end of the year. While a capable athlete at the collegiate level, that lack of a tremendous first step might make it tough to blow past professional defenders as a rookie. After scoring 27 points in a March 1 win against Pitt, Keels topped 12 points just twice in his last nine games.
Keels is another player that will take some time to develop, but he should be effective enough as a scorer to speed through the G League ranks and join the big league club. He was so impressive at Duke last year that Toronto may need to trade up to get him.