The Raptors need an athletic, defensively capable, and offensively gifted PG that can lead this team to the successful seasons it's been desiring. Damian Lillard could very well be that guy. He can shoot the ball better than any prospect in the lottery and does an excellent job ofpushing the ball and creating offense. He's a legit 6'3" (with shoes on) and posesses a startling 40" vertical. He's got all the tools and the motor to be a great defender; the kind that can line up with the Roses, Rondos, and Westbrooks of the league. Under Casey's close watch he can be the perfect first line of defence. His only knock thus far is that he didn't prove to be much of a distributed at Weber State because he was busy dropping 24.5 points a night, good for second in the NCAA. In his defense, he wasn't asked nor required of him to be a distributing PG. He contributed better to his team by scoring. When surrounded by talented players to help carry the scoring load this would likely change, no? At least he's indicated his desire to pass more.
Lillard is 21 and is an experienced rookie. That and his serious approach to the game indicate that his learning curve should be shorter than most. If recent rumors are true and Steve Nash is likely go come to Toronto, this would be the perfect PG to groom behind the veteran Nash. He'd provide them defence and instant offense off the bench until he took over the position full time. This is a GOOD draft class, and he's the best PG in it, he's already going to be better than the Walkers and Knights of last year. He's touted to become a Chauncey Billups type. Assuming he's available at 8, which is likely if the Kings don't select him, then he should be the Raptors' pick. He'll fill that need for the next decade. I see a great player here.