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The Raptors signed Julyan Stone to a two-year minimum deal (the only kind we can sign since we’re over the cap), where the second year is not guaranteed. I am nothing if not honest so I can say without hesitation that I only fleetingly remember seeing Stone play, and am not in a position to offer an opinion, let alone a critique of the player. However, I can with some great confidence predict that at some point in the next season Matt Devlin will use the phrase “Stone Cold” to describe both, a hot shooting streak and a cold shooting streak by Stone.

The following is via ESPN Insider.

Scouting report
+ Long-armed wing with point guard’s ball skills. Can handle and pass.
+ Lousy outside shooter and just an average athlete. Good rebounder.
+ Pretty good on ball defender.

An undrafted rookie, Stone didn’t get much run at the end of Denver’s bench but showed some signs in his limited action. In particular, his 8.3 assists per 40 minutes stand out, as does his phenomenal 44.1 assist ratio. The downside is that Stone can neither shoot nor score; he averaged just 8.0 points per 40 minutes and didn’t fare much better in three D-League games with Idaho.

Stone is already 23, and while he has some tools, his inability to score is what torpedoed his draft stock. He’s pretty good for an undrafted end-of-the-bench guy, but it’s still not clear whether his pros and cons add up to a rotation player.

Here’s all his offensive plays, courtesy of Synergy Sports.

Here are his defensive plays:

Based on the scouting report and videos, all we can surmise is that Masai Ujiri must have seen something in practice, and that being a 6’6″ PG could be useful for obvious reasons, assuming he can do the basics. Expect nothing, be surprised.

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  • Amigo

    Who ? 3 years re-branding, than wash-rinse and repeat. Well done MU and thanks for Alabi, Jawai & Co. Oh sorry, you were here but you weren’t, just collecting your checks.

    • ezz_bee

      Really? You have a problem with this signing? We’re pretty much capped out, and have roster spots to fill. He’s got literally the cheapest AND shorted contract possible, but does have some potential.

      I can see someone not getting excited about this signing, but I think the vehemence is a little over the top in comparison with the relative un-importance of the signing.

      Edit: Although I’m guessing you have previous issues regarding Ujiri. Which I would be interested in knowing what specifically they are.

      • Amigo

        Sorry if I m a little bit upset but I can already see the end and I don’t like it. At all. This new executive of the year (one reward short of BC) still needs to assess our talents. So he is telling me that he wasn’t here and I have to believe it. He doesn’t know what to do now that all others teams are tanking. That’s what going on, playing the waiting game. Take some balls and make a run to the playoffs, whatever happens.The league is rigged, Boston will get the first pick. Thant a team on the West will get the second pick and Raptors will draft a Chris Bosh as the new “franchise player”.3 years goes by and Amir will be gone, Val will demand a big contract and ………fu@# it all ! I don’t like it

        • TDotStand UP

          Stone is the NBA’s best kept secret, nd the nba is not rigged. Cory Joseph is a personal friend of mine, it’s all real fam.

        • johng_3

          Easy buddy. Its only one signing and your already pissed off and lost confidence in MU lol. I’m glad we have a GM who is patient. He can at least evaluate what is going on and not rush into something that he might regret.

        • Tim W.

          Just because Ujiri has done anything doesn’t mean he can’t, won’t or doesn’t know what to do. Remember this is the same guy who didn’t trade Carmelo right away, waited, then got back more than anyone expected for him. It’s not a race.

          As for the other stuff, that’s just a little nutty for my taste.

          • Kupooo

            Same with Bargani…no one thought we could get a 1st round pick back but we did…I have to agree with Tim here. Wait and be patient…

  • Doug H.

    He’s no Dwight Howard but what a signing! Didn’t think we’d get him.

    • Yogi Stewart

      Was Sonny Weems too busy?

      • Thomas Vink

        i miss sonny :(

  • FAQ

    Well…. we got Julyan, now if we can get rid of Rudy ……

  • DanH

    As a note, the Raptors do have the Mid-Level Exception still, so it is not necessary that he be a minimum signing. But he is, I believe.

  • Aaron Muzzerall

    A 6 foot 7 pg. I love it. MU is a scout by heart and he’s obviously seen his upside while in denver. It’s a minimum contract – I love it and am excited to see him play.

  • pbjake

    Does Julyan Stone remind anyone of Julian Wright? A lot of similarities here.

    • Thomas Vink

      lets hope not

  • Roarque

    A young tall defender who uses his wingspan to disrupt and steal. Oh, and is a pass first PG. Nice.