Six day away from the annual ritual that is the lottery. Don’t let the Raptors 2.8% chance of winning the lottery get you down, think of it this way: the Raptors have a 10% chance of getting a top three pick! That’s because 2.8 + 3.3 + 3.9 = 10. I’m not going to go back into draft history and figure out which eighth worst team got a top three pick or won the lottery because that would be silly, and also because the concept of 10% is kind of easy to understand.

You might’ve already read David Aldridge cheering for us by making an analogy about the Raptors being a fat girlfriend who was abused by her boyfriend. I’m not sure what he’s getting at, what’s clear is that David Aldridge doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

“Imagine a frontcourt of the 7-foot Bargnani, the 6-foot-11 Davis and 7-foot-2 center Jonas Valenciunas [sic]“

Ed Davis? Really? That may as well be 6-foot-11 Mikki Moore, or 6-foot-11 tall black dude. Size alone has rarely equated to actual advantage on the floor and right now that’s what Ed Davis is, and he doesn’t even look that imposing on the court. In fact, picking between Amir Johnson and Ed Davis as rotation players, you’d have to go with Johnson, with the only strike against him being the contract. BTW, who gets amnestied this summer?

The Raptors are in the Vegas summer league which runs from July 13-22, smack in the middle of Euro 2012. They got a big picture of Ed Davis in that article suggesting that he might be there, as well he should (even though he’s about to enter his third year and is getting consistent minutes). In fact, every Raptor not named Andrea Bargnani should be there.

I can’t recall much of anything significant resulting from summer league the past few years. Quincy Douby was the only speck of slight significance that came out of it, Joel Bosh provided some sardonic entertainment, and Ronald Dupree made it to camp for some reason. I suppose if Jonas Valaniunas makes it over in time, he would be the main focal point of the league from a Raptors perspective, and of course the pick we get in this draft.

Let’s play a game now, I mention a player you and tell me what year he was in summer league:

Curtis Stinson
Smush Parker
John Lucas
Cheikh Samb
Paul Davis
C.J. Giles
Rod Benson

So yeah, things are happening. Like this thread.