Raptors Big Board: Top 10 prospects for Raps no matter where their pick lands

The Toronto Raptors could land at multiple slots in the Top 10 for the 2024 NBA Draft. What should the Top 10 look like on their team-specific Big Board?
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No. 8: Cody Williams, Forward, Colorado

How much should family ties affect a player's draft stock?

Cody Williams, the brother of the Oklahoma City Thunder's breakout forward Jalen Williams, was a much more heralded prospect heading into college and played his freshman season at Colorado. The 6'8" forward had a good-not-great year and after being in the mix for the first overall pick his stock has slid back a bit in the past few months.

In terms of what the Raptors love in a player, Cody Williams checks a lot of boxes. He has excellent size and length on defense and can switch onto smaller players. He is not an elite athlete, which limits his impact as a weakside rim protector, but he has a high motor and could improve as he fills out in an NBA strength program.

The offensive side of the ball is where his family comes into play. Cody Williams has the outline of a dynamic offensive player, with a tight handle, good passing instincts and a jumper that looks really good when it's falling. The problem for Cody is that it doesn't fall often enough to project as a strength; however, the same was said about his brother Jalen, and over the last couple of years his shot has really sharpened into a true weapon. Is it reasonable to think Cody's could do the same?

If the shot hits, Williams is the complete package, a good defender and scorer who can fit alongside all sorts of teammates. If it doesn't, he lacks that one unstoppable skill to be an NBA star.