Call Me When You Get There: A Raptor Fan's Nightmare

veton mazrekuContributor IJune 3, 2009

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The NBA Draft is set for June 25 at the legendary Madison Square Garden. Raptor fans have had some awful experiences when it comes to the draft. With selections like Rafael Araujo, Raptor fans should never feel comfortable when it comes to the draft. This year, unlike others, there really isn't any player where you can say, "he's going to be special."

So who do you take? 

This article suggests more of what Toronto should avoid, before they become the Canadian version of the Los Angeles Clippers.


1. Trade Chris Bosh

This move would let the league know that Toronto is not committed to winning. Forget about any All-Star ever coming here, especially after they trade their franchise player and the face of the franchise, for the last seven years. Bryan Colengleo has to make a commitment to winning, but it certainly won't work with soft players all over the court and Anthony Parker being the starting two-guard.


2. Draft Chase Budginer

I can guarantee you, Raptor fans are having nightmares every night at the thought of David Stern announcing that with the ninth pick, the Toronto Raptors select Chase Budginer.

That's not to disrespect Chase, but he's one of the guys in the lottery that doesn't appeal as much as others.


3. Draft DeMar Derozan

The Kid has mad hops. That's where it ends. With DeMar, he will be nothing more than a player who will struggle to make the team.

In the combine, he tested as expected—great in his jumping ability, but nothing else outstanding, which makes me think that he does not have the I.Q nor the heart to become a good player.


4. Re-sign Shawn Marion

The Raptors signing Marion would put them in cap hell for the next four years. They should not lock a 30-year-old forward who is widely overrated and has no passion for the game. Instead, I would overpay for Marvin Williams, who while a risk, is only 24. He could bring a much-needed athletic wing that the Raptors have lacked for a long time.


5. Anthony Parker as the Starting Two-Guard

Parker was brilliant in his first season. But age has caught up to him.  He does not have the speed to keep up with younger, faster players who where killing him all season. The Raptors should bring Delfino back—or draft Evans—and hope he works out in the long run.