1. Nikola Jovic, PF/SF, Serbia
Jovic might be losing ground to Ousmane Dieng in the race to be the No. 2 international prospect after Daniels, but the Raptors would still be doing backflips if he somehow ended up at pick No. 33. Jovic has grown to 6-11, making him a very compelling offensive collection of skills.
Jovic is a perfect wing ball-handler and pull-up shooter for a Raptors team that needed someone with his skillset last year. What stands out about Jovic is the multiplicity in his game despite his age. Jovic will be a creative shot-maker at the NBA level, even as a rookie.
Nikola Jovic would be a dream pick for the Toronto Raptors.
Jovic can be a bit wild on offense, as he will dominate the ball and take some of the most unusual shots you’ve ever seen. Jovic will need to add functional weight and speed during his pro career if he wants to avoid getting stuck at the back end of the bench early in his career.
Jovic will be someone that could slide right into Toronto’s rotation and potentially take over a starting role if he develops physically. The odds of him lasting to the Raptors’ spot are infinitesimal, meaning that Ujiri could be in the mood to surrender future capital in order to get his guy.