Gradey Dick: Play 20 minutes per game, shoot 40% from 3-point range
While Eric Koreen of The Athletic believes that Dick will not start the season in the rotation, it seems hard to think that an Ujiri-led team who gave Koloko consistent starts last season would put the No. 13 overall pick who might be their only first-round between 2022 and 2024 on ice for too long.
Dick’s shooting is the best aspect he brings to the table, as he fills a need with a level of expertise uncommon for someone as young as he is. On a team that is still struggling with shooting, Dick will likely have a very clear, defined role early in his NFL journey.
Gradey Dick should get rotation time from the Toronto Raptors.
Dick needs to work on adding weight, as he can withstand the bruising he will take on the offensive end while helping him become a feistier on-ball defender. As vital as that is, the Raptors would be fools to keep a talent like Dick deep on the bench because he isn’t 100% physically mature at age 19 seems a bit harsh.
Dick has shown in Summer League that he can create for himself when needed, but that might not be his role as a rookie. If he can just hang out in the corner and drill open 3-pointers off Scottie Barnes or Pascal Siakam passes, he will have proven his worth in this league.