"With the 37th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors select DeAndre Daniels."
These are two names that Raptor nation certainly did not expect to hear, but yet here we are.
If you were to have looked at any “expert” mock drafts or projections for whom Toronto would select at either of these spots, not once would you have come across the virtually unknown Caboclo, or even Daniels for that matter.
The Raptors’ two most glaring needs from last year’s roster were the lack of a defensive-minded, backup small forward and a substitute center, neither of which were addressed by these two picks.
Sitting here after having some time to try to process these selections, I can’t help but question the thinking of general manager Masai Ujiri. For a team that was thought to only need one or two more pieces to become a serious contender, it’s very curious that he chose the youngest and most raw player in the entire draft with the Raps’ first-round selection.
However, he deserves the benefit of the doubt given his tremendous track record. The Raptors faithful (myself included) hope that he knows something that we don’t and that his instincts are spot on with these picks, particularly Brazilian product Caboclo.
So all in all, putting together an early depth chart of the 2014-15 roster is not exactly a surefire task considering all of the items that are still left to be determined in Toronto.
There's the possibility of the two new draft picks nabbing roster spots and of course there are still several looming free agents still floating around in Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Nando de Colo.
Then come the decisions needed to be made on the contracts of John Salmons and Tyler Hansbrough. It’s safe to say there is still a lot left to be determined.
However, here’s a quick look at what things might look like next year.