3 Raptors NBA Draft targets who could replace Khem Birch

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 25: Doug Edert #25 of the St. Peter's Peacocks shoots the ball as Trevion Williams #50 and Sasha Stefanovic #55 of the Purdue Boilermakers defend (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 25: Doug Edert #25 of the St. Peter's Peacocks shoots the ball as Trevion Williams #50 and Sasha Stefanovic #55 of the Purdue Boilermakers defend (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Orlando Robinson, Toronto Raptors
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – JANUARY 25: Orlando Robinson #10 of the Fresno State Bulldogs. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /

1. Orlando Robinson, Fresno State

While some Raptors fans might be a bit skeptical of going the mid-major route after Malachi Flynn’s iffy Raptors tenure, Robinson has been so dominant for the Bulldogs that he could quickly buck that trend. Robinson would be an upgrade over Birch the second he steps on the floor.

Robinson averaged 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while tallying more than one block and steal per game. Not only is Robinson automatic from eight feet and inside, but he has a smooth jumper that will only get better once Nick Nurse spends more time working with it.

Orlando Robinson could give the Toronto Raptors a first-round talent.

With some tight hips, Robinson isn’t the most fluid player in the world. While that could cause Ujiri to reevaluate how high his long-term ceiling will be, the fact that Robinson already has so many arrows in his quiver should make him a fringe first-round prospect already.

Robinson might be coming from the mid-major ranks, but the fact that he was the most dominant big man in his conference should get NBA executives ready to spend some draft capital on him. Robinson is the type of player who could immediately kick Birch to the curb.

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