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    Default TOTAL SPECULATION: Thompson to Toronto?

    From his twitter account:

    @RealTristan13 - Tristan Thompson

    Next stop YYZ

    Seems kinda weird that the Raps would bring in Toronto native Tristan Thompson for a workout, but if the brass really do envision Ed Davis as the 5 of the future, maybe the Raptors could be looking at selecting Thompson as their 4 of the future, especially if trading down or acquiring another selection.

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    I sure wouldn't want him at #5, but that could be the fabled second pick they're talking about.
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    Quote MangoKid wrote: View Post
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    Seems kinda weird that the Raps would bring in Toronto native Tristan Thompson for a workout, but if the brass really do envision Ed Davis as the 5 of the future, maybe the Raptors could be looking at selecting Thompson as their 4 of the future, especially if trading down or acquiring another selection.
    Colangelo has already publicly said he loves Thompson's game and they're taking the best player at #5 and so it could conceivably be Thompson and the fact that Davis is in town would not block that move. I don't believe the pick is Thompson. There are too many better options that make more sense.

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    Maybe, if like stated earlier, we are getting another pick in the lottery he could be a target.

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    Love the idea if we got sacto's pick or something, but not with 5.

    He could be just coming home, though.
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    Would love to see him in Toronto on the Raps, but sadly the Raps are picking too high this year. If they were in the bottom half of the lottery I'd jump all over him.
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    From Doug Smith's blog

    Am hearing that Wednesday is the day Brampton’s Tristan Thompson is going to be in Toronto for a workout with the locals.

    It’ll be a big media day for sure but I wonder what it actually means for the Raptors.

    I still contend Thompson’s a stretch for the Raptors, at No. 5 or wherever.

    He is, by all accounts I’m getting from scouts, a very good college player who needs to expand his back-to-the-basket game because it’s not going to serve him well in the NBA. Good defensively, solid energy guy who has had a tendency to drift during games but a lottery pick for sure.

    But does he work here?

    No.

    While I hope he goes on to have an illustrious career in the NBA, I don’t see how a 6-9 power forward helps this team. If they need to address a frontcourt needs, it’s with a big, imposing presence inside and Thompson isn’t that yet and may not be.

    But it’ll be a good story Wednesday and next week at the draft when he’s likely to become the highest-drafted Canadian ever.

    Until now, that’d be the Nash bloke, who was drafted 15th overall by Phoenix way back in the day. Interestingly enough, I’ve seen Thompson’s name linked to Phoenix at 13.

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    If there is a scenario where it is very close I think being a local should weigh in his favor. Too often the Raptors have heard the excuses why someone wants to play in the US after they have been developed here.

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    IF he was the best pick at whatever pick(s) we have then sure take him, but I doubt he will be and we would be better served but getting a SF (Leonard) with a second pick. BUT GIG UPS TO CANADIAN TALENT! One day we will see a canuck in a raps uniform
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    he is an amir johnson clone so no

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    BC will not take him at 5 and if we do get another pick, leonard or burks would be the best options.

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    Remember when Isiah picked Damon Stoudamire, fans booed the crap out of him. Damon became the ROY and our franchise player. Don't know if Bryan has that sort of instinct, but the one thing I get weary about is that Bryan likes to play the crap out of his picks. Even if he goes for a reach, we will be stuck with 20 minutes of who ever we pick.

    So I hope we pick well.

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    Quote MyMomLovesMe wrote: View Post
    Remember when Isiah picked Damon Stoudamire, fans booed the crap out of him. Damon became the ROY and our franchise player. Don't know if Bryan has that sort of instinct, but the one thing I get weary about is that Bryan likes to play the crap out of his picks. Even if he goes for a reach, we will be stuck with 20 minutes of who ever we pick.

    So I hope we pick well.
    Colangelo has one of the best draft track records in the league. Whoever they draft at #5 I hope they "play the crap out of him". With such a young team who isn't focused on winning right now, I'm all for playing the young guys a lot.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Colangelo has one of the best draft track records in the league. Whoever they draft at #5 I hope they "play the crap out of him". With such a young team who isn't focused on winning right now, I'm all for playing the young guys a lot.
    You've hit the nail on the head. If we're not in position to win the young guys need a chance to learn through making mistakes. I thought Demar improved dramatically this past year because of this. On a winning team and disciplined coach it's safe to say Demar's minutes could have been cut in half because of lapses defensively. Good thing for us going forward that wasn't the case. With that being said I think both Davis and Bayless should have had more minutes over Jose and Reggie who weren't/aren't in the long term plans last year.

    If you were calling the shots Apollo and were picking at 5 with Irving, Williams, Knight and Kantar/Jonas off the board who's your pick?

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    Quote MangoKid wrote: View Post
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    Seems kinda weird that the Raps would bring in Toronto native Tristan Thompson for a workout, but if the brass really do envision Ed Davis as the 5 of the future, maybe the Raptors could be looking at selecting Thompson as their 4 of the future, especially if trading down or acquiring another selection.
    Other than random speculation on this website, what leads you to believe that the brass envisions Ed Davis as our Centre of the future?

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Colangelo has one of the best draft track records in the league. Whoever they draft at #5 I hope they "play the crap out of him". With such a young team who isn't focused on winning right now, I'm all for playing the young guys a lot.
    I am all for our young guys getting minutes. I just hope there is a better balance between time allotment and desire to play.

    I kind of got the impression that Bargnani never quite developed the hunger for his time. I don't want some of these kids thinking that their minutes are guaranteed, if someone pushes your for your position, you better show up, not act all secure in knowing that you will get time regardless.

    I think the best development happens in the context of a team system with clear definitions, objectives and responsibilities. If this structure is not in place with a new coach, then its going to be another horrible season. By no means am I expecting immediate success, I just want a consistent system in place. With realistic expectations.

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    Quote Donnie Brasco wrote: View Post
    Other than random speculation on this website, what leads you to believe that the brass envisions Ed Davis as our Centre of the future?
    there was a article from ed davis's dad about ed becoming stronger and hitting the gym hard and they talked about him playing center. also... the raps announcers called him a center at the start of every game.

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    Maybe he'll grow into an Antonio Davis type of player.

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    Quote pesterm1 wrote: View Post
    there was a article from ed davis's dad about ed becoming stronger and hitting the gym hard and they talked about him playing center. also... the raps announcers called him a center at the start of every game.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qQZ_...96E0AF4E2F31A4

    Ya your right. Weird, never noticed that before.

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    I think Tristan will be a great NBA player ... but he's a few inches short to fill our need at C ... would be the 3rd or 4th best PF on our team right now.
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