Toronto Raptors’ Draft Prospects

April 19th, 2010 by Mark Birdsell Leave a reply »

Even though most Raptor fans, including myself, would have liked to see the team make the playoffs this year, that would have meant a first-round matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers because of their late-season struggles. Since Chris Bosh’s status for the series would have been "questionable," the likely result would have been a sweep by the Cavs, or at best, elimination in five games.

Making the playoffs would have shown that the Raptors were moving in the right direction. However, because of the Jermaine O’Neal/Shawn Marion trade from last season, the first time Toronto makes the playoffs, in the next five seasons, their first-round draft pick will be sent to the Miami Heat. 

The 2010 NBA Draft isn’t projected to be loaded with All-Star or Hall of Fame-level talent. Outside of the top four picks, likely John Wall, Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins, and Derrick Favors, there is no consensus on where players will be drafted. However, there are a number of prospects who could turn out to be solid NBA players.

Regardless of whether the Toronto Ra ...

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