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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Players Toronto Raptors Should Target
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For the first time since the departure of star man Chris Bosh, the Toronto Raptors will go into the NBA draft with a strong foundation of young, talented players to build around.

Under president and general manager Bryan Colangelo, this team seems to be in a constant state of rebuilding. But with some good pieces already in place, the Raptors can look ahead to the draft knowing that a solid pick could potentially be enough to get them very close to the Eastern Conference playoffs, if not comfortably in.

Over the last few years, Canada’s lone representative has made some impressive picks, thanks to a string of terrible seasons. In the last three years, the Raptors have drafted high-flyer DeMar DeRozan, power forward Ed Davis and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas, who may just be the best of the bunch one day.

Going into next season, the team may be looking at a starting lineup that consists of Jose Calderon or Jerryd Bayless at the point, DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani and Valanciunas.

The one issue with that group is the lack of a small forward.

The upcoming draft is being touted as the place where Colangelo can fill that need, with a number of very exciting wing players coming out of college this year.

With that, here are five players that the Raptors should target in the upcoming 2012 NBA draft.

Who do you think the Raptors should pick? Have your say in the comment section below.

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