2. Josh Minott, PF, Memphis
Minott has already been projected to the Raptors in a mock draft and worked out with the team, so the links between the Tigers product and Toronto are strong. Given Ujiri’s love of versatile power forwards, Minott’s standout defense and leaping ability make him a very attractive prospect to some.
Minott’s per 36-minute averages are very impressive, as he is averaging nearly four steals and blocks per game combined. However, averaging 6.6 points per game while getting just 14 minutes per contest will not do an excellent job convincing teams across the league that he can contribute as a rookie.
Josh Minott is very far from helping the Toronto Raptors.
Minott made a whopping TWO 3-pointers during his collegiate career, further showing that his offensive game at the moment is limited almost exclusively to slashing through the lane. Look for Minott to be better off dipping into the ranks of the G League early in his career.
While Nick Nurse has helped players like Barnes and Precious Achiuwa become standout scorers, Minott will likely take two years of serious development before he can contribute. Toronto could take a risk on a player like Dalano Banton last year, but they don’t have that luxury in 2022.