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5 Draft Prospects Who Would Be a Perfect Fit for the Toronto Raptors
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As things stand right now, the Toronto Raptors will not be making any selections in the upcoming 2013 NBA draft. 

The team's first-round pick is in the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, after a series of moves that saw Kyle Lowry land in Toronto and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. Their second-round pick was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in the three-team trade involving Rudy Gay and Jose Calderon. 

However, this doesn't mean the Raptors should/will stand idly by and not make some sort of an attempt to secure a late pick.

It's going to be difficult. There are several large contracts on this roster that would be challenging to move in trades where draft picks could potentially be sent Toronto's way. 

No team currently in the lottery would be willing to give up their pick for an overpriced talent, at least one would assume. 

The ideal situation for the Raptors would be to somehow snag a late first-rounder or second-round pick by way of purchasing one or dealing away an expiring contract 2013-14 contract (Aaron Gray, John Lucas, Linas Kleiza). 

New general manager Masai Ujiri is no stranger to striking gold late in the draft, as he did while the GM for the Denver Nuggets. Kenneth Faried (11.5 points, 9.2 rebounds) was selected by Ujiri with the 22nd pick back in 2011. 

There are many questions surrounding the quality of players and lack of stars in this year's class, but with Ujiri's eye for talent, perhaps he can find a young prospect who can perfectly mesh with this basketball team. 

 

*All statistics and projections courtesy of sports-reference.com and nbadraft.net

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