2. Gradey Dick
The Raptors had the opportunity to draft a potential standout point guard with what could be their only first-round draft choice in a three-year span, but they opted for Dick after falling in love with his tremendous shooting ability from 3-point range. He should see the floor as a rookie.
While Dick will be trusted to knock down open shots early in his career, he showed signs of being a player who can eventually be a secondary offensive option. Dick’s Summer League stint showed more creativity on-ball than most likely expected right out of the gate.
Gradey Dick could be an asset for the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors finally reached a breaking point last season. Ujiri realized that adding players who came into the league as elite shooters was a better option than drafting someone who struggles from deep and trying to fix their biggest flaw. Dick’s best trait gives him a very low floor.
The Raptors drafted Dick with an eye on the future as much as they did with their gazes fixed on a short-term Band-Aid. The Raptors have the luxury of not thrusting him right into the starting lineup, as they can develop him into a refined player while refusing interest from the rest of the league.