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NBA Draft 2012: Toronto Raptors and 5 Draft-Day Scenarios

Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IIApril 26, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: Toronto Raptors and 5 Draft-Day Scenarios

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    The 2012 NBA Draft is coming up in just a couple months and at the time of writing this article, it is the last day of the NBA regular season, meaning the Toronto Raptors play the New Jersey Nets

    If the Raptors lose the game, along with the Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets winning their own games and the draft order does not change, the Raptors will most probably get between the third and sixth pick.

    If the Raptors win tonight, and the draft order stays the same, they get the seventh pick in the draft.

    Here are some scenarios and who the Raptors should pick if the scenario plays out.

Win the Lottery: 1st Overall Pick, Anthony Davis

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    Davis is the consensus No. 1 pick, and should the Raptors be fortunate enough to land the No. 1 pick, they should draft Davis.

    Davis, paired up with Jonas Valanciunas on the Raptors' frontcourt is a VERY strong defensive frontcourt, with the paint area guarded very well.

    The problem here is Andrea Bargnani. Best bet is to either have Bargnani coming off the bench as a sixth man or to trade him away and bring in a solid small forward who can score easily.

    Davis averaged five blocks, in college, and shot blocking is a skill that can translate into the NBA.

3rd Pick: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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    Should the Raptors get the third overall pick, they go with MKG. He is a top-notch defender and a hard-nosed defender is something that head coach Dwane Casey would really enjoy on the Raptors.

    MKG is a player who still has to polish his offensive game. Much like DeRozan, his jumpshot is not very strong, but he is a great slasher and can draw fouls.

    He is a great rebounder for his size and can be a tough, working hustler in the NBA. He will definitely get under other small forwards' noses.

4th Pick: Bradley Beal

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    Bradley Beal has been compared to Eric Gordon and some people have even made comparisons to Ray Allen because of his shooting ability.

    Beal is a true shooting guard. He can handle the ball and most obviously, shoot it. He is the best shooter in the draft and if drafted, the Raptors' rotation makes sense.

    DeRozan can be moved to small forward because of his height and Beal can play the 2. 

5th Pick: Bradley Beal/Harrison Barnes

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    It is highly doubtful that Beal will fall all the way to the fifth pick. But if he does fall to the fifth pick, the Raptors should pick him up.

    Should Beal already be taken, Raptors have to go with Harrison Barnes. Once projected to be the top pick in last year's draft, Barnes' stock has fallen, but he is still a great player.

    Barnes is a great shooter and an above average defender. His inability to create his own shot has been something that is a negative for him, but should not be looked at too seriously.

    With a PG like Jose Calderon, Barnes won't need to create his own shot.

6th/7th Pick: Harrison Barnes

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    Barnes will probably drop to around these picks as well, so if he does, he is the best player the Raptors can get for themselves. 

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