This week on a Pardon the Interruption inspired version of The Doctor is In with Phdsteve, I have called in the boys from the world wide roundtable to talk ball and we have a discussion about all the action in NBA and NCAA while continually tying it back to the Raptors!  Joined by my brother Mike (who knows college basketball), Greg Mason (the brain from the south), and Blair Miller from The Fifth Quarter Blog we talk about 2 things: the NBA finals and the NBA Draft.

For the finals, our discussion rolls on about the Spurs winning the NBA title, Pop’s dynasty, Lebron’s legacy, and just how this impacts the Kyle Lowry to Miami rumours.  For the draft we all predict who the Raptors will trade up to steal in the draft and then we take turns breaking down each other’s picks from last week’s big board.

Don’t forget to visit Blair’s site The Fifth Quarter Blog and his new weekly podcasts. Follow him on Twitter @TFQuarter

You can follow Greg on Twitter @votaryofhoops and my brother Mike @michaelgennaro and check out their work on the NBA drafts top prospects with at ESPN True Hoop Affiliate

Finally, a big shout out to all the listeners for your downloads and comments over the last year.  We will be posting a podcast next Thursday night immediately following the draft, and then we will be off for the summer.  Thank you for your continued support- and go Raps!

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  • KanyeWestbrook

    I really enjoyed the podcast guys. One thing I would say though is there should be a discussion of the BPA as opposed to constantly addressing need. At this point in time, the Raptors should be looking to acquire value as opposed to pieces in the current system. If you’re a team looking to transition to the upper tiers of the Eastern Conference, you’ll probably need to pack some assets together to pick up bigger pieces. In my mind, guys like Ennis if he falls, Capela, James Young, TJ Warren or even Kyle Anderson are who we should be looking at.

    • rapierraptor

      Hey, it’s Greg from the podcast. Thanks for listening. We’ve talked a lot about the best player available privately and it’s a worthy discussion that for whatever reason hasn’t seeped much into the podcasts. I have a couple of thoughts on the issue.

      1.) Good teams like San Antonio and OKC have the luxury of drafting the best player available and allowing him to develop for several years either overseas or at the end of the bench/D-League. The holes in the Raptor’s lineup are such that you almost have to consider need to some degree when making your pick. I’d avoid Capela and Lavine for that reason. You’re right though, smart teams tend to draft the BPA and don’t restrict themselves from grabbing better players by focusing too heavily on need.

      2.) This is a deep draft and a weird draft so it’s almost impossible to predict who will fall unexpectedly to the Raps at 20. I don’t think the Raps should be solely focused on need, that’s short sighted. But if a guy is available who can fill a need more cheaply and ably than a FA option then I’m all for it. McDaniels and Payne are two guys who fit that bill but still possess some upside.

      • OakTree

        I think there’s a third option rather than drafting on need vs best player available, and I think it’s a more accurate description of the decision making process. GMs should draft on having a vision for a prospect. In other words, they should draft a player on if:

        1) The player has talent and unrealized potential.
        2) The coaches and system can accommodate that player reaching their potential.
        3) The coaches and GM are in agreement about how to develop a prospect, and what kind of NBA player he should strive to be.

        What’s the point of drafting the best player available if another player is going to be better a year from now?

        What’s the point of drafting based on potential if your coaching staff doesn’t think that player can reach his potential?

        What’s the point of drafting based on need when free agency is just around the corner? Also, what’s the point of drafting based on need when the roster needs will be totally different by training camp?

        I always get frustrated with the BPA vs need argument, because I think it overly simplifies the process.

  • tross_31

    Frankly, I’m having a very difficult time figuring out just what the Raps can do this summer to improve for next season, esp. If Lowry goes.