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    Default 2008 Draft - Raptors Would Have Picked Hickson

    http://cavs.ohio.com/2010/10/hickson...been-a-raptor/

    If the Toronto Raptors could go back two years ago, they’d probably want a mulligan for their 2008 draft.

    The Raptors were interested enough in J.J. Hickson that they brought him in twice for pre-draft workouts. But instead of keeping the pick and selecting him, they sent the No. 17 selection to Indiana as part of the trade to acquire Jermaine O’Neal.

    Hickson had only played one season at N.C. State and the Pacers wanted Roy Hibbert, whom the Raptors selected and then traded. O’Neal lasted just half a season in Toronto before getting dealt, along with Jamario Moon, to the Miami Heat.

    Raptors coach Jay Triano remembers watching how “live” Hickson looked in the summer league. He went to the Cavs two picks later at No. 19.

    “He’s obviously practiced hard and developed himself into a very good player,” Triano said. “He’s a guy who finds a way to score, he’s very active and he’s very long. You look at the stats and what he’s done so far, he’s played well.”

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    So why didn't they pick Hickson? Oh yeah, BC was still under the illusion that he could re-sign Chris Bosh.

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    Quote Arsenalist wrote: View Post
    So why didn't they pick Hickson? Oh yeah, BC was still under the illusion that he could re-sign Chris Bosh.
    And Bosh was probably leading him to believe that...

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    And Bosh was probably leading him to believe that...
    In retrospect what was any exec thinking when 3 of the best in a draft class decided to reup in exactly the same way (3 years). Ok, one could be led to believe it was a "timing" manouever because of the cba expiry....but when CAA bought out the agents/cies soon after to control them all...red flags should have been flying. The downside became too great for a franchise like TO. But I agree that on a personal level I think BC believed CB about the "working together" promises.

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    No Shit ! damn would have bee a great pick, he's an undersized PF but explosive and long. Kind of reminds me of Barkley without the shooting ability. Too bad BC shit the bed with JO and had throw this pick in to get rid of JO.
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    Quote rdiaz101 wrote: View Post
    No Shit ! damn would have bee a great pick, he's an undersized PF but explosive and long. Kind of reminds me of Barkley without the shooting ability. Too bad BC shit the bed with JO and had throw this pick in to get rid of JO.
    Nice player - not special - he's kind of a tweener @ 6'8 - best case scenario Paul Milsap lets rebounds more touch around the net. Ed Davis is a fair bit better IMO.

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    there's no more controversy for that oneal trade now.

    because we never would've picked hibbert.
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    Would have, could have, should have........more hindsight bs according to some folks...instead of reflective thinking, contemplating....

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    2008 offseason blunder has probably set the Raptors more back then when Bosh left the Raptors this season.

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    Default More rear-mirror garbage

    So-fucking-what? Go to every draft and you'll find a steal that a dozen GMs didn't pick. If anything it proves that they've got an eye for talent but decided to go in a different direction. This assumes that Hickson has accomplished something/anything yet. And he hasn't. Not even close.

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    Actually there is more now because had they not pulled the trigger on the trade they would have landed a player better than Hibbert or O'Neal.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Actually there is more now because had they not pulled the trigger on the trade they would have landed a player better than Hibbert or O'Neal.
    i don't know if hickson is better than hibbert. but, i guess we will find out.
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    Quote LBF wrote: View Post
    i don't know if hickson is better than hibbert. but, i guess we will find out.
    If I met you half way on that point and agree there is still controversy about the trade.

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    Although we haven't seen Ed Davis play an NBA game, yet, he's got far more potential to be a better player than Hickson. Drafting Hickson might have meant that the Raptors wouldn't have traded for Amir, too. It's the butterfly effect. Just because you draft a good player doesn't mean things turn out the same, except you have that same player.
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    It's possible that Ed Davis could be better than Hickson in the future, but I think to simply state it as fact, is pure crazy.
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    Quote ebrian wrote: View Post
    It's possible that Ed Davis could be better than Hickson in the future, but I think to simply state it as fact, is pure crazy.
    Who stated Ed Davis being better than Hickson as fact? I certainly didn't.
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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    Although we haven't seen Ed Davis play an NBA game, yet, he's got far more potential to be a better player than Hickson. Drafting Hickson might have meant that the Raptors wouldn't have traded for Amir, too. It's the butterfly effect. Just because you draft a good player doesn't mean things turn out the same, except you have that same player.
    +1. Also, Hickson is supposedly driving Byron Scott crazy with inability to know the O and focus/attention. I guess he doesn't have a high basketball IQ. But man, does he have the tools.

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    Yeah, he's greatly talented. Maturity hopefully will come with time.

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    Explain How Davis potential rates higher than Hickson ? To me thats complete melancholy...YUP !

    Hickson at best can be a strong double double player...Ed Davis at best is NOT better than that...and im davis guy but lets be reality here...

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    Quote Trife76 wrote: View Post
    Explain How Davis potential rates higher than Hickson ? To me thats complete melancholy...YUP !

    Hickson at best can be a strong double double player...Ed Davis at best is NOT better than that...and im davis guy but lets be reality here...
    Ed Davis also has a chance to be a double-double player, but he's got a very high basketball IQ, is a smart defender and is renowned for being a hard worker. No one has ever questioned Davis' focus or ability to understand plays. I'll take Davis over Hickson at this point and I'd venture a guess that most GMs would do the same thing.
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