2025 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Loaded class must compel Raptors to tank this season

The 2025 NBA Draft is loaded with talent at the top, led by Duke forward Cooper Flagg. The Raptors need to lean into the tank this year to add another star.
Cooper Flagg, 2024 McDonald's All American Game
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No. 10: Liam McNeely, Wing, UConn

Talent just seems to funnel through Storrs, Connecticut, and this year will be no different with Liam McNeely joining the defending champions. The 6'7" wing is one of the best 3-point shooters in the draft class and is a strong, capable defender. Playing for a talented college team could showcase his abilities as a supporting player and vault him into the lottery discussion for next year's draft.

No. 11: Egor Demin, Wing, BYU

Once the teammates of Hugo Gonzalez at Real Madrid, Egor Demin will be coming to the states to join Kevin Young at BYU. The 6'9" forward can dribble, pass and shoot and loves to get teammates involved with his playmaking. He is a major defensive question mark, and he will need to gain consistency to ensure a spot in the lottery next year.

No. 12: Asa Newell, Forward, Georgia

Cooper Flagg's teammate at Montverde Academy is a less-renowned prospect who is getting a lot of buzz as a player who could make his way into the lottery discussion. Another combo forward at 6'9" he is an excellent cutter and off-ball player who will get the chance to be the top option at Georgia this year.

No. 13: Kwame Evans, Wing, Oregon

Another big wing / forward at 6'9", Kwame Evans is the first returning player on this draft board. He has a lot of talent and upside but didn't put it together at Oregon last season. He likely isn't building a resume as a future No. 1 option, but how his shooting, defense and consistency come together will determine his ultimate upside as a prospect.

No. 14: Caleb Foster, Guard, Duke

The Duke Blue Devils have a big incoming freshman class but also a few returning players, including guard Caleb Foster. At 6'5" he has great size and a smooth jumper, but he is also an excellent passer and connective player. He will be showcased as Duke is scrutinized with so much NBA talent, and if Foster can step up as a returning sophomore it would not be a surprise to see him drafted ahead of other freshman prospects like Isaiah Evans and Kon Knueppel.

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