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Twitter Reacts as Bruno Caboclo Is Selected by Raptors in 2014 NBA Draft

TORONTO,ON - MAY 4: General manager Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors speaks with colleagues before Game seven of the Quarterfinal NBA Eastern Conference playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre on May 4, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 27, 2014

The Toronto Raptors threw the biggest curveball of the 2014 NBA draft, selecting Brazilian Bruno Caboclo with the 20th overall pick.   

If you're wondering, "who?" then you aren't alone. The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones summarized most people's reactions of the selection: 

Even those covering the Raptors, according to the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, were somewhat befuddled by the pick: 

But really. Who is this guy? He is 6'9", 200 pounds, long and athletic. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla, via ESPN's Royce Young, called him the Brazilian Kevin Durant

That's undeniably intriguing. However, he has very little experience, as Hoop365.com's Rafael Uehara noted:

Still, inexperienced players, especially ones with a skill set as tantalizing as Caboclo's, are drafted all the time. It's just surprising that the Raptors didn't trade down or try to take him in the second round, as Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy noted: 

As Fraschilla added, we are still potentially four years away from seeing if Caboclo can live up to his immense hype: 

Put it all together, and Rotoworld's Steve Alexander was willing to call it one of the most shocking picks of the past decade: 

No one seems to know what Masai Ujiri was thinking, but Young has a theory: 

After finishing third in the East last year, the Raptors were thought to be going after a player who could make an instant impact and help them continue to climb the NBA hierarchy. 

Instead, they've gone in the complete opposite direction, taking the youngest and most raw player in the draft. This may look like a steal in a decade, but for now, it's a move that left many scratching their heads. 

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