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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Marc Stein's (meaningless, worthless, and) fearless predictions:



    For everyone thinking Wiggins will be #1, one year ago Shabazz Muhammed was suppose to be in the running for #1.
    2 years ago at this time Drummond was suppose to be #1.
    3 years ago at this time Harrison Barnes was suppose to be #1.
    Ok, so winning 40 games puts Toronto in line for what again?

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    I really wish the rules were back to a minimum 2 years of NCAA (or equivalent) ball prior to joining the NBA.
    Right on topic, and a fantastic post. I agree with you, hell I'd make it 3 years or 21 years old. Just won't ever work because every time a Lebron, or a Durant come along, people have to fight and claw to get them, the payout on the money side is too big.

    wouldn't it be cool to see a pro league that says "eff you, these are the rules, and these are how they will remain", or better said, a league with balls.

    Still, one year is an improvement upon none, so I guess we have to live with that. I can't help think though, demar Derozan, with 4 years of winning, contending Tournament play would have spit out a much different talent.

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    Quote Craig wrote: View Post
    Ok, so winning 40 games puts Toronto in line for what again?
    A really talented player.... they just might not be getting the hype yet.

    I remember going through the top 5 picks of the last 10 years. Something like 40% were all-stars, 40% were rotational players, and 20% were either out of the league or 3rd stringers.
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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    19 College games on tap for this Friday boys!! Chances are we could be getting an early glimpse of what may lie ahead for the Raptors.
    lol no probably not ... will have to wait until next spring to see who still had the stamina to stick around

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    Can anyone reccommend what the best way would be to watch as many college basketball games as possible?
    From what I can see, the only one that will be on TV is the Kansas game. Other than that, I'll probably revert to First Row.
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    Ya well I want Wiggans. His Nationality is a big part of it Matt, a lot of people don't see the significance for the Raptors franchise. Yes, another guy, who might even be a bit better will clearly be awesome for Toronto, but, a homegrown, Canadian superstar with international identity who wants to be in Toronto, and will rep the City like hell is absolutely massive. Honestly, if he falls down the ladder a few pegs I will be thrilled, I want him, even if it means missing out on a slightly better player.

    Losing will take care of that, and if the stars aligned, trading Rudy and someone else away for another lottery pick would be ideal. (also impossible, hahaha)

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    Can anyone reccommend what the best way would be to watch as many college basketball games as possible?
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    Quote Craig wrote: View Post
    Ya well I want Wiggans. His Nationality is a big part of it Matt, a lot of people don't see the significance for the Raptors franchise. Yes, another guy, who might even be a bit better will clearly be awesome for Toronto, but, a homegrown, Canadian superstar with international identity who wants to be in Toronto, and will rep the City like hell is absolutely massive. Honestly, if he falls down the ladder a few pegs I will be thrilled, I want him, even if it means missing out on a slightly better player.

    Losing will take care of that, and if the stars aligned, trading Rudy and someone else away for another lottery pick would be ideal. (also impossible, hahaha)
    There is no way he is on the board and Massai passes on him. Even if he has a poor year. The press and fans would kill him.
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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GinULGhuItQ

    He looks extremely raw! He doesn't look ready to contribute right away.
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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GinULGhuItQ

    He looks extremely raw! He doesn't look ready to contribute right away.
    I think most draft picks now a days will be raw. One and done's are going to be like that. However even in the short highlight reel from that one game you can see his potential. His athleticism is out of this world. Reminds me of a young TMac and I believe I've heard that comparison before.

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    "Masai WILL win us a championship"
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Marc Stein's (meaningless, worthless, and) fearless predictions:



    For everyone thinking Wiggins will be #1, one year ago Shabazz Muhammed was suppose to be in the running for #1.
    2 years ago at this time Drummond was suppose to be #1.
    3 years ago at this time Harrison Barnes was suppose to be #1.
    Wiggins is different. The last time a player got as much hype as Wiggins was LeBron back in the early 2000's. I remember ESPN showing LeBron James high school games.

    As for Shabazz, the only time i've heard the name Shabazz Muhammad was when he was ranked #1 on nbadraft.net mock draft 2 years ago. Same goes to Drummond.

    Harrison Barnes got a lot of hype when he was in HS. Not Wiggins/LeBron like. More like Jabari Parker like. And, Harrison Barnes is going to be a GREAT player in this league. There's no doubt in my mind. He just came back from an injury. First game back - 14pts in 14mins last night.
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    "Coin Flip" Barnes

    Our pg had a triple double in the last game of the season. DC should have "rested" some players then. Feel like scratching my eyeballs.

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    Quote Chr1s1anL wrote: View Post
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    Thanks, I will have to look into that. Great year to follow college ball.

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    Jabari Parker highlights:



    ... he kind of reminds me of Grant Hill. Probably because he's on Duke, but impressed so far nonetheless.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    Jabari Parker highlights:



    ... he kind of reminds me of Grant Hill. Probably because he's on Duke, but impressed so far nonetheless.
    I would lose my mind if Raps had 2 top 8 picks this year.... lose it. My first son would be named Masai.
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    I know its early but looking at some of the mock drafts. Alex Poythress is projected to go 2nd round? that dude is super talented. James McAdoo projected to go 21st. If he came out out 2 years ago he would've been a top 5 pick.

    Noah Vonleh projected to go 17th. WOW. Aaron Gordon 23. Rodney Hood 25. LaQuinton Ross 28.

    This draft is crazy deep.
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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    Can anyone reccommend what the best way would be to watch as many college basketball games as possible?
    Eye graft. Include flexible stalk.
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    Quote TRex wrote: View Post
    I know its early but looking at some of the mock drafts. Alex Poythress is projected to go 2nd round? that dude is super talented. James McAdoo projected to go 21st. If he came out out 2 years ago he would've been a top 5 pick.

    Noah Vonleh projected to go 17th. WOW. Aaron Gordon 23. Rodney Hood 25. LaQuinton Ross 28.

    This draft is crazy deep.
    Yes.

    This draft is not about just wiggins by any stretch.
    "Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."
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