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Was in Vegas till Thursday, got a couple “stories”. Game 5 and Spurs are laying five at home to OKC. I’m thinking they’ve lost two straight, are back at home, and will set the wrongs all right. I’m this close to laying a grand on them and pull back a the last second. Winning decision. Spurs lose at home. A day later, Chris Bosh returns and Miami is laying 7.5 at home. The action on Miami is HEAVY in Vegas, so much so that the line has climbed to 9. I call a few guys, ask them what they think of a Miami bet, and all give the OK. I back out again because the line feels like it’s too high. Another great decision. So, I didn’t bet anything on sports but felt like I won. Such is gambling.

Colangelo’s talking about the draft and says that the Raptors are likely to be the first team to seriously consider a point guard, and mentions Damian Lillard as a point of interest. ESPN Insider analysis of Lillard:

Weber State’s Damian Lillard received the most buzz. Lillard’s agent gave him the choice to skip the event, but he decided he wanted to play. “I just wanted to show teams that I’m not afraid to compete with the best,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard, and I wanted to show them who I am.”

Teams liked that he decided to play. It was especially important for Lillard because a number of head coaches, owners and even some executives were in the crowd who had never seen him live. Lillard shot the lights out in the shooting drills, then had no trouble getting to the basket in the one-on-one portion of the event. “He looked like a legit lottery pick,” one GM said. That’s all he needed to accomplish.

He also talks about how Dion Waiters went home early from the combine and cancelled his interview with the Raptors because, Colangelo thinks, somebody potentially offered him a “guarantee”. What a little punk this kid is, even if you have a guarantee, your first act as a professional is to cancel an interview? The other school of thought is that its the Raptors who have offered him a guarantee at #8. I don’t know, I really don’t care because I can’t even recall the last time we drafted a rookie that got me excited.

This here is Ed Stefanksi saying that it takes three years to figure out if a guy is cut for the NBA. Sonny Weems. Chris Jefferies. P.J. Tucker. Countless others, and perhaps even James Johnson, although I think he’s going to find a place in the NBA. Stefanksi’s draft comment is that in the perfect world the Raptors would be drafting a small forward, which is a quite an indictment on James Johnson.

Say we draft a rookie and slot him at the SF or SG (maybe move DeRozan over). This would mean a starting lineup of: Valanciunas, Bargnani, DeRozan, Calderon, and new guy. If that is the case, then we can scratch off playoffs as a target for next season because in the increasingly competitive Eastern conference, that’s not going to buy you a milkshake. We finished 12 games out of a playoff spot last year, and adding two rookies playing big minutes into the mix is only going to push that number further out. No worries, though, I’m all for rebuilding and can totally take another .348 season without batting an eye.

Here are all the draft measurements form the combine:

Name

Ht. w/o shoes

Ht. w/ shoes

Wt.

Wingspan

Reach

Body fat (%)

Hand length

Hand width

Quincy Acy

6’6.5″

6’7.75″

223.8

7’2.75″

8’10.5″

7.1

9.5″

11″

Harrison Barnes

6’7″

6’8″

227.8

6’11.25″

8’6″

9.6

9″

8.5″

Will Barton

6’5″

6’6″

174.4

6’9.75″

8’7″

4.1

9″

9.5″

Bradley Beal

6’3.25″

6’4.75″

201.8

6’8″

8’3″

6

8.5″

9″

J’Covan Brown

6’1″

6’2.25″

202.4

6’5.25″

7’11.5″

12.5

7.75″

8.25″

William Buford

6’4″

6’5″

214.6

6’9.5″

8’6″

11.3

8.75″

10″

Jae Crowder

6’4.75″

6’6.5″

241.2

6’9.25″

8’3″

9

9.5″

10.5″

Jared Cunningham

6’3.5″

6’5″

187.6

6’6.5″

8’2″

3.6

8.25″

9.75″

Anthony Davis

6’9.25″

6’10.5″

221.8

7’5.5″

9’0″

7.9

9″

8.5″

Marcus Denmon

6’2.25″

6’3.25″

188.2

6’5″

7’10”

6.6

8.25″

9.75″

Andre Drummond

6’9.75″

6’11.75″

278.6

7’6.25″

9’1.5″

7.5

9.5″

9.5″

Kim English

6’4.5″

6’5.75″

192

6’6.5″

8’3″

4.3

8.5″

8.75″

Festus Ezeli

6’9.75″

6’11.5″

264.2

7’5.75″

8’10”

5.5

9″

10.75″

Drew Gordon

6’8″

6’8.75″

239

6’11.5″

8’8.5″

9.1

8.5″

9.75″

Draymond Green

6’5.75″

6’7.5″

235.6

7’1.25″

8’10”

11.3

9″

9.5″

JaMychal Green

6’8″

6’9″

217.4

7’2.25″

8’9.5″

9.8

9.25″

9.25″

Moe Harkless

6’7.25″

6’8.75″

206.6

7’0″

8.75″

5.3

9.25″

10.25″

John Henson

6’9″

6’10”

216

7’5″

9’3.5″

8.6

9.25″

10″

Tu Holloway

5’10.5″

5’11.75″

186.8

6’5.5″

7’10.5″

8.5

8.75″

10″

Robbie Hummel

6’7.25″

6’8.5″

218

6’8.5″

8’5.5″

9.4

8.5″

9.5″

Bernard James

6’8.75″

6’10”

229.8

7’3″

9’0.5″

5

9″

9.25″

John Jenkins

6’3.25″

6’4.25″

212

6’8.5″

8’3.5″

7.1

9″

9″

Orlando Johnson

6’3.75″

6’5.25″

223.8

6’11.25″

8’3″

7

9″

9.5″

Darius Johnson-Odom

6’1.5″

6’3″

212

6’7″

7’10.5″

7

8.75″

8.75″

Kevin Jones

6’6.25″

6’7.5″

251.2

7’1.5″

8’9.5″

11.2

9″

7.75″

Perry Jones

6’10.25″

6’11.25″

233.8

7’1.75″

8’10.5″

4.6

9.25″

9.5″

Terrence Jones

6’8.25″

6’9.5″

252

7’2.25″

8’9.5″

7.7

9″

10″

Kris Joseph

6’6″

6’7″

215

6’11”

8’7.5″

8.6

9″

9″

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

6’5.75″

6’7.5″

232.8

7’0″

8’8.5″

7

9″

10″

Doron Lamb

6’3.25″

6’4.75″

199.4

6’6.75″

8.3″

6.7

8.5″

8.5″

Jeremy Lamb

6’4″

6’5.25″

179.2

6’11”

8’5″

4.5

8.75″

9.5″

Meyers Leonard

6’11.75″

7’1.25″

249.8

7’3″

9’0.5″

5.7

9.25″

10″

Damian Lillard

6’1.75″

6’2.75″

188.8

6’7.75″

8’0″

5.9

8.75″

9.75″

Scott Machado

6’1″

6’2″

205.8

6’4″

7’9.5″

5.8

8.5″

9.5″

Kendall Marshall

6’3.25″

6’4.25″

198.4

6’5.5″

7’10.5″

7.8

8.5″

9″

Fab Melo

6’10.75″

7’0″

255

7’2.5″

9’1.5″

9.2

9″

10″

Khris Middleton

6’6.75″

6’8.25″

216.2

6’10.75″

8’9″

7.8

9″

9″

Darius Miller

6’6″

6’7.5″

233.4

6’9″

8’6.5″

7.5

8.5″

8.75″

Quincy Miller

6’8.75″

6’10”

218.7

7’1.25″

9’1″

7.8

9.25″

10.25″

Tony Mitchell

6’5.25″

6’6.25″

216.4

6’10”

8’3.5″

5.7

8.75″

10″

Arnett Moultrie

6’9.5″

6’10.75″

232.8

7’2.25″

8’10.5″

7.7

9.25″

9.25″

Kevin Murphy

6’5″

6’6.25″

194

6’6.75″

8’4″

5.8

8.5″

8.5″

Andrew Nicholson

6’8.5″

6’9.5″

234

7’4″

8’10.5″

7.6

10″

10.75″

Kyle O’Quinn

6’8.5″

6’10”

240.8

7’4.75″

9’3.5″

8

9.5″

10″

Miles Plumlee

6’10.5″

6’11.75″

252.4

7’0.75″

8’8.5″

11.4

9.25″

9″

Austin Rivers

6’3.5″

6’5″

202.8

6’7.25″

8’1″

6.2

8.5″

10″

Thomas Robinson

6’7.75″

6’8.75″

244.2

7’3.25″

8’10”

5

9.75″

10.5″

Terrence Ross

6’6″

6’7″

196.6

6’7.25″

8’5″

3.2

8.75″

10.25″

Tomas Satoransky

6’6.5″

6’7.5″

200.6

6’7.25″

8’4″

5.2

8.5″

9.5″

Mike Scott

6’7.25″

6’8.75″

240.8

6’10.75″

8’8.5″

10.6

8.5″

9″

Henry Sims

6’10”

6’11.75″

241.2

7’4″

8’11”

7.7

9.25″

10″

Jared Sullinger

6’7.75″

6’9″

268.2

7’1.25″

8’11”

10.7″

9.25″

9.75″

Jeffery Taylor

6’6″

6’7.25″

212.8

6’6.25″

8’3.5″

4.2

8.25″

9.75″

Jordan Taylor

6’1″

6’2″

192.8

6’3″

7’8″

5.5

8.25″

9.5″

Tyshawn Taylor

6’2.75″

6’4″

177

6’6.25″

8’1.5″

4.2

8.75″

8.75″

Marquis Teague

6’1″

6’2″

179.8

6’7.25″

8’2.5″

6.3

8.25″

7.75″

Hollis Thompson

6’6.75″

6’8″

206

6’9.5″

8.75″

6

8.25″

9.75″

Dion Waiters

6’2.5″

6’4″

221

6’7.25″

8’2″

8.5

8.5″

9.5″

Royce White

6’7″

6’8″

260.6

7’0″

8’8.5″

10.6

9.5″

11.5″

Tony Wroten Jr.

6’4.75″

6’6″

203.2

6’9″

8’5″

5.2

8″

9″

Tyler Zeller

6’11.25″

7’0.5″

247.4

7’0″

8’8″

6.4

9″

9.75″

Let’s analyze the Raptors splash page: