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    Couldn't find the thread. Anyways, apparently he had a monster workout and drew rave reviews from Kelly and the boys. I'd take him over Vesely buuuuuuut I really don't think the raps should be drafting a SF this year.
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    Article on the workout from the sun
    http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/15...s-missing-link
    I like this guy. Everything I read about him in terms of work ethic reminds of the stuff we heard about Derozen when he came in the league, and we've all seen the improvement he made last summer to his offensive game. I'm really starting to like this pick, it sounds like we can get some real talent out of this draft.
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    agree this draft has talent if u know where to look, i want us to take kanter or walker with the 5th pick try to get another top ten pick and draft either fredette or biyombo

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    It's like I didn't even try to spell his first name right
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    I'd have a hard time picking him if Kanter is still on the board.
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    Quote Hassan wrote: View Post
    agree this draft has talent if u know where to look, i want us to take kanter or walker with the 5th pick try to get another top ten pick and draft either fredette or biyombo
    Why draft Fredette a guard that plays no D, we have that already in Barbosa and Calderon.
    Why draft Biyombo after he bombed the Euro Camp, has no offensive talents, and besides he's leaping ability is a close comparison NOT to Ibaka but to Solomon Alabi.

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    Dudes' dad died when he was young, you can tell he has true heart. If the first three K's(Kemba, Knight, Kanter) are off the board, I'd gladly take the fourth. Good lil piece here:



    Edit: maybe I wouldn't, if the first three K's are off that would leave one of Irving or Williams.
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    Right now I would take leonard ahead of Walker. Rebounding is one of the few stats that carry's from college to the pros and having a small forward who crashes the boards can only help us. I also tend to think that we are weaker at the three right now (Kleiza is out for half the year, Weems can't defend the position, and James Johnson is still up in the air) than at the one so if all else is equal I'd draft a three. My current big board reads:

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    Leonard
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    Ive been saying all along that if I was GM I would give Jerryd Bayless a shot at the starting PG, after the way he closed out last season, when he was given a chance he was very productive. That being said, I think the biggest weakness the team has is the C and the SF positions, I would prefer to acquire a veteran C as they take longer to develop, so I think the raptors should look to draft a SF.

    Leonard averages over a double double a game. He looks like he has an nba ready body, and apparently he plays great defense. Rebounding and defense ... isnt that what we need? Also he has improved his 3 point shot, you add a much improved 3 point shot to the 15 points he was averaging in college and I think we have a player who can make an impact at the NBA level.

    I say draft leonard with the 5th pick.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Couldn't find the thread. Anyways, apparently he had a monster workout and drew rave reviews from Kelly and the boys. I'd take him over Vesely buuuuuuut I really don't think the raps should be drafting a SF this year.
    His #s look average to below average to me... (I think he did like 3 reps in bench test).

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    Quote RaptorsFan4Life wrote: View Post
    His #s look average to below average to me... (I think he did like 3 reps in bench test).
    And where does one bench on the basketball court? Durant did zero from what I recall.

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    Kawhi is a grown man in a draft full of children.

    Look at how many players got 1 or 0 bench presses done.
    Then study the tape on the kid. He quietly gets his points,
    and led his team by example. Next year may be a better draft for
    guards... If Kanter is available I would give him a long look.
    But the opportunity to get a mature guy like Kawhi who will
    make your team better has to be considered seriously.

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    I was cold on Kawhi based on his poor shooting from distance, but it sounds like he has really improved.
    -He still won't likely be a 3 point threat for a few seasons, but i'm confident DeMar will have added that to his game next year.

    His interview with NBATV Canada was mad impressive. Confidence, maturity, knows his game and seems focused on improving.

    Having him at the SF would allow Bayless to start, and score from the PG spot ... unless we get Kemba at #7 from Sacto.
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    Hopefully at some point BC will finally get it - we need players that defend, defend, defend. I think that it's pretty clear that Kawhi will be contributor right away on that front. And everything that I've seen from him shows the commitment and work ethic to build his offensive game. He's only 19. If Knight is off the board, Kawhi has to be the pick!!!

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    yup im glad some people recognize the imact this player could have on the Raptors organization. He could be a very solid asset moving forward. If im BC I'm doing "almost" everything in my power to get a second pick maybe 6th or Sacramento's 7th pick to draft KEMBAA!! honestly how can you say no to Kemba Walker?? Its gonna be a tough choice come June 23rd for BC. Choices, choices, choices...

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    Quote Ambidextrious wrote: View Post
    yup im glad some people recognize the imact this player could have on the Raptors organization. He could be a very solid asset moving forward. If im BC I'm doing "almost" everything in my power to get a second pick maybe 6th or Sacramento's 7th pick to draft KEMBAA!! honestly how can you say no to Kemba Walker?? Its gonna be a tough choice come June 23rd for BC. Choices, choices, choices...
    I think it all comes down to how much he values Bayless. Maybe all the PG talk is a smokescreen?

    He has a knack for finding diamonds in the cast-off bin. I wonder if he is still as high on him?

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    I certainly think leonard is a player and would certainly contribute, i just think with the stable of high quality sf's coming out next season we should focus on a big (kanter/jonas) or a pg (walker/knight)
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    He has a knack for finding diamonds in the cast-off bin.
    I don't know if I'd say 'diamonds', maybe more like Cubic Zirconias. Yes, he has found some nice cast off pieces, but nothing I would call a diamond yet.

    I am getting more impressed with Kawhi as we get closer to the draft.

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    If they pick Leonard I would not be upset because I realize his talents, his game isn't full of "maybe in a few years" but he still has a lot of potential for growth. As a bonus, and as an after thought to the talent factor, he fits a need. If they go with a SF I would much rather him than Vesely. I don't think now is the time for the Raptors to be taking chances on long term projects. They have a nice little core going here and I'm all for taking the safer path this draft.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I think it all comes down to how much he values Bayless. Maybe all the PG talk is a smokescreen?

    He has a knack for finding diamonds in the cast-off bin. I wonder if he is still as high on him?
    Yah thats a good point. A lot of people have been saying he is due for a break out season soon. Near the end of last season with starter minutes he showed he can consistently put up roughly 20 points and 5 assists. Thats not bad, but im not so sold on him to run the show here. On the other hand, BC should be looking to stock up as much assets as possible (A' la OKC). He should be looking a all his options at this point. I'd be happier if we drafted Kemba and kept Bayless as our 6th or 7th man.

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