Andrea Bargnani: Is This Toronto Raptor the Best Player of the 2006 Draft Class?

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Andrea Bargnani: Is This Toronto Raptor the Best Player of the 2006 Draft Class?
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Imagine something like a high school reunion, but for the 2006 NBA draft class. Now imagine the top five picks Andrea Bargnani, LaMarcus Aldridge, Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams talking to each other about their careers. Imagine the conversation.

Williams would say, "Well, I was a decent backup. I even got to start when Kenyon Martin was injured. But even then, I was still an inconsistent scorer and I was never able to box out. What about you, Tyrus?"

"Can't complain. I was a pretty good defender. Never really figured out that whole offense thing. Maybe I should have stayed at LSU a little longer. What about you, Adam?"

"I'm very happy. I won a championship and I didn't even have to do anything. LaMarcus?"

"I had a very solid career. I really thought we were on the verge of greatness in Portland before the Brandon Roy injury. I was never really a superstar, but at least I contributed to a possible winning effort. Andrea, why are you so happy?"

"Well I was only the best player in this draft after everyone doubted me since the day I was drafted, saying Europeans are always busts, then saying I was too soft, then saying I need Bosh."

Could happen. In fact, it's looking even more possible that Bargnani might end up being the best player in the 2006 draft. This was one of the worst drafts of all time, but at least the Raptors may have made the right decision selecting Bargnani first overall.

For the first time, Bargnani is the true cornerstone of the Raptors, and he will get a chance to prove that the Raptors made the right choice.

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