3 2023 lottery picks Raptors’ Gradey Dick will be better than

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 14: Gradey Dick #1 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 14: Gradey Dick #1 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Taylor Hendricks, Toronto Raptors
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 13: Taylor Hendricks #0 of the Utah Jazz (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

2. Taylor Hendricks, Utah Jazz

Hendricks was a late riser in the process, as the list of freshmen from mid-major programs that get picked in the Top 10 is quite short. Hendricks is a quality scorer who can already shoot well, but he may not have landed in an ideal situation for him in Utah.

Hendricks will be behind John Collins and Walker Kessler in the frontcourt, all while Lauri Markkanen likely takes on a more perimeter-oriented role. Hendricks also is on a Jazz team with tons of future first-round picks coming down the pike that could further complicate his path to playing time.

The Toronto Raptors will pay Gradey Dick more than Taylor Hendricks.

The Raptors will likely be unable to retain all of their big names, creating a smooth transition that will eventually bring Dick into the starting lineup. Both of them can shoot, but Dick’s combination of confidence in attacking the basket and ability to hit from unusual angles will help him exceed Hendricks.

While Hendricks is a fine player with worthwhile potential, he could get lost in the shuffle during a transitional period when Utah tries to hoard draft picks and break out of their simultaneous lottery malaise. Dick could be properly unleashed relatively soon.