Tyler Ennis is the player basketball fans in Toronto are clamouring for. He’s a hometown kid and captured the heart of fans this past season after his buzzer-beating shots for Syracuse. Ennis was thought of as a lottery lock when he declared for the draft—and will likely be gone by the time Toronto picks at No. 20 (DraftExpress lists him as the No. 16 pick to Chicago)—but if he slips, he’ll be an ideal fit for Toronto. Lowry and Vasquez played the majority of minutes at point guard for the Raptors last season, but with both players poised to become free agents this summer, adding a talented 1 as insurance won’t hurt. Ennis didn't have flashy stats during his one season at Syracuse (12.9 points and 5.5 assists), but he garnered a lot of respect for how he ran Syracuse's offense and for having ice in his veins during critical moments of games.
Early, the Wichita State forward would be a sensible player to nab in the end of the first round. Likely to still be on the board when the Raptors pick, Early would be a favourable back-up for Terrence Ross and could possibly take control of the starting position if he lives up to his potential. He can use his athleticism to find his niche as a solid two-way player in the league as he has good lateral quickness with a good three point shot and a refined post-up game
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