3 Toronto Raptors who need to watch their back for being replaced in the draft

The Toronto Raptors have a lot of options in the 2024 NBA Draft, and these 3 players could find themselves replaced in the team's future plans by draft picks.
Kelly Olynyk, Ochai Agbaji, Toronto Raptors
Kelly Olynyk, Ochai Agbaji, Toronto Raptors / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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No. 2: Kelly Olynyk could be replaced by Tristan da Silva, Colorado

The Toronto Raptors traded a late first-round pick at the trade deadline for Agbaji and Kelly Olynyk, and it was commonly understood that Olynyk was the centerpiece of that trade. The smooth-shooting and slick-passing big man looks like an ideal on-court complement to Scottie Barnes, as his floor-spacing can give Barnes room to operate while his lack of rim protection is mitigated by Barnes' own strength in that area.

The problem is that Olynyk is 33 years old, and if the Raptors see value in pairing a stretch-big with Barnes, they should probably find a long-term answer that better fits their timeline and, given Olynyk's value around the league, shop him on the trade market.

One option to replace Olynyk is Tristan da Silva, a 6'9" forward out of Colorado who has risen firmly into consideration by teams in the middle of the first round. Teams picking just ahead of the Raptors like the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers have been linked to da Silva, but if he falls to 19 he would make a lot of sense to pair with Barnes on bench units and as a long-term frontcourt option.

If Toronto is looking for more of a pure big who could space the court but also play minutes at center, names like Tyler Smith or Kyle Filipowski could be in play, the latter at 19 but the former even with the 31st pick in the draft.

Other candidates: Tyler Smith, G League Ignite; Kyle Filipowski, Duke