On June 28th, the 2012 NBA draft was held at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. It was obvious that Anthony Davis would be the first pick, but after Davis, things were up in the air.
Here are the picks for the Toronto Raptors:
The next surprise came when Toronto picked Terrence Ross. Ross was projected to go anywhere from 10-18, and Toronto picked him with the eighth pick.
Toronto needed a good perimeter shooter and that is exactly what they got. Ross was the best player the Raptors could have picked.
Ross, Bradley Beal and John Jenkins were the best shooters in this draft, and Ross was the best shooting guard available after Beal.
Not only is Ross a great shooter, but defense is another big part of his game. He is a very good on-ball and perimeter defender, which are other things that Toronto needs.
37th Pick: Quincy Acy, F, Baylor
With the addition of Quincy Acy, the Raptors got a high-energy player that can come off the bench and provide hustle, strength and some hard-nosed defense.
What would you give the Raptors on draft night?
Add in the sick beard and you get a much more athletic version of Reggie Evans, who is also a good defender. Who didn't love Reggie in Toronto?
56th Pick: Tomislav Zubcic, F, Croatia
At this spot, there was not much you could do. The best player available was Scott Machado, but the Raptors went for an international player (no surprise there).
Tomislav Zubcic is a pretty good mid-range shooter and he can get around easily. I personally doubt he will be playing in the NBA, but you can't tell right now. Bryan Colangelo likes international players so we might see him in a Raptors uniform some day.
The Raptors picked up a couple of quality players in this draft. They brought in a true perimeter shooter—something that Toronto fans have not seen since Anthony Parker and Morris Peterson—an energy player off the bench and another shooter.
Overall Grade: B+