DraftExpress explains their picks.
5 Toronto Raptors
Brandon Knight PG
18 years old; 6'3"; 170 lbs
Jose Calderdon, Toronto's starting point guard, will be on the wrong side of 30 when the 2011-2012 season tips off, indicating that it's probably time to think about the future. Drafting a player like Knight is a good idea considering that he can play both on and off the ball, and has major upside to grow as the team's potential franchise player.
Last edited by RaptorsFan4Life; Wed May 18th, 2011 at 02:56 AM.
I finally wrote another post where I talk about these possibilities...
Brandon Knight is 18 years old doesn't turn 19 till December. His the youngest player in the draft.
I think the plan here has to be to draft the BPA with the 5th pick, regardless of how long they will need to make an impact on the team (Walker, Valanciunas, Biyumbo, Thompson). This is going to be a multi-year rebuild. The raps aren't going to be contenders overnight. I'd like to see them move anyone but Davis, DeRozen & Bayless for another lotto pick this year and/or a potential lotto pick next year. As we all know, next year's draft is going to be Stacked, and if the raps suck again, we'll have 2 high picks in a strong draft. I know I can live through another stinker of a season, can most fans?
Agree with you 100%. Full steam ahead with the rebuilding.
unless we don't trade up for kanter, or he falls to us, i think i'd like to see them team take knight (assuming he falls too) or burks. knights upside is pretty tremendous. hes a high character guy who's only 18 and is probably the best defender and athlete at his position. at worst, i see a sixth man combo guard who can come off the bench blazing, think jamal crawford without being a headcase. this kid is a winner through and through.
burks is probably the most athletic wing in the draft and while everyone claims his shooting is an issue, isn't that what they said about MJ? or vince? a couple years work and he'll be draining 3's in no time. id like to see if they could mold him into a pg, the type that can get into the paint and create havoc, which he would certainly have no problem doing. again, another high character guy. and again, worst case scenario he ends up a terrific sixth man.
i think leonard is going to be a great player but id rather just wait till next draft and grab one of the many SF's. leonard wouldn't even be top 15 in next years class.
As a rumour to follow that up, Calderon has been mentioned as a potential vet PG to mentor Rubio, speaks spanish, has connections to Minny management, and of course Rubio from the national team. He would help with the culture shock of coming to the US as well. The rumours are not so out to lunch as some would have you believe.
Dare to dream, boys. Dare to dream.
I couldn't agree with you more; The Wolves don't want to get younger, they need a vet PG, and I've also read that they want to upgrade their frontcourt (Bargnani).
If the Raps could shed the contracts of Caldy and Bargs, plus pick up a good young PG in Flynn and the #2 pick, that would definetly change the culture of the team. Bring in 2 defensive-minded players (Kantor/Biyumbo/Willams/Faried/Leonard) and pairing them with Amir/Davis/Bayless/JJ would be a tough young core for the future.
This is not a trade that could happen, this is a trade that should happen.
But thats the one problem, is making the assumption that they agree adding Bargnani is 'improving' their front-court.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
I agree MIN's pick is definitely there for the taking. Calderon has to be seen as a pretty decent option for MIN, all things considered. Whether or not he's a better option than what other teams might be offering, I couldn't say.
I do, though, think that Flynn shouldn't be the target, I think it should be Ridnour. Think about it: if the Wolves want Rubio, and also want Calderon to mentor him, etc..., then it makes no sense to also keep Ridnour. His contract is both larger and more expensive than is Flynn's, and I just can't see Ridnour being happy as a 3rd string. Flynn is still a prospect - one who was injured most of last season. That's a much better option as your 3rd string PG. Ridnour would be a great option for TO to back up Bayless. He's a sharpshooter from deep (last season shot 44%) and is a quality vet.
Only problem here is that it would be difficult to argue that Calderon for Ridnour isn't a fair deal in itself, especially considering the cost of Calderon's contract vs. that of Ridnour (Calderon's is a year shorter, but is more than twice as expensive). That is, it would be hard to argue that MIN ALSO give up its pick in such a deal.
EDIT: Unless, of course, the 'Wolves packaged Ridnour AND Flynn for Calderon. Then I could see some movement for their pick. In this case, Ridnour, Flynn and the 2nd pick for Calderon and the 5th pick. This gives them Calderon and clears their PG logjam without damaging their cap space. You might say it's unbalanced, and the Raps come out the bigger winners here, but it gives the Wolves something intangible: a clearer rebuilding direction. Now, definitively, it's Rubio at the point, and they go full on towards ensuring his development. The 'Wolves franchise above all else needs direction, and this gives them a semblance of such.
Last edited by jeff_hostetler; Wed May 18th, 2011 at 11:00 AM.
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