NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects the Raptors Need to Stay Away From

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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects the Raptors Need to Stay Away From
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The Toronto Raptors are projected to have the number eight pick in this June's upcoming draft, though of course it could be a bit lower or as high as number one. Toronto cannot afford to blow this fantastic opportunity.

This 2012 draft class is considered by many to be the deepest draft since '96 when superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Ray Allen were drafted along with quality players like Marcus Camby, Jermaine O'Neal, Antoine Walker, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Derek Fisher. There are more than 10 players in this draft with All-Star level talent and perhaps as many as five superstar level or "max" players in this draft as well.

This draft is so deep that the enigmatic Perry Jones, the consensus "most talented" player and the same player who could have been drafted second or even first in last year's draft, is projected to be drafted no higher than seventh this year.

Toronto Raptor fans are starved for team success and drafting the right player this year could go a long way toward fulfilling their fans' hopes and building a perennial playoff contender. Again, Toronto cannot afford to waste their pick and consequently, their future.

In the following slides I will list the five players that the Raptors should stay away from. There are many quality players they could draft, but these five must be avoided at all costs.

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