Toronto Raptors: Three Potential Draft Scenarios and How to Build Around Them

Justin BoninAnalyst IMarch 6, 2011

Toronto Raptors: Three Potential Draft Scenarios and How to Build Around Them

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    With the trade deadline having come and gone and the playoffs far out of reach, I am now looking toward the NBA draft and the future of the Toronto Raptors. 

    I am presenting three scenarios that look at the top lottery picks at the PG, SF and PF positions in this year’s draft.

    I break down what the Toronto Raptors need to do in regards to re-signing players, signing free agents and offseason trades in order to maximize the value of their lottery pick in each case. 

Scenario 1: Draft Kyrie Irving

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    1. Free Agency: 

    Re-sign:

    Reggie Evans (for cheap)

    Leandro Barbosa

    Alexis Ajinca

    Do not re-sign:

    Sonny Weems

    Julian Wright

    Joey Dorsey

     

    2. Sign Free Agents:

    Center:  

    Marc Gasol  

    Tyson Chandler

    Nene Hilario

    DeAndre Jordan

    Small Forward:

    Tayshaun Prince

    Shane Battier

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Matt Barnes

    Wilson Chandler

     

    3. Trade:

    Jerryd Bayless

    Ed Davis or Amir Johnson

     

    Looking for: A center or small forward if they were unable to sign one in free agency.

Possible Depth Chart

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    Possible Depth Chart

    PG: Kyrie Irving, Jose Calderon

    SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa

    SF: (Shane Battier or Tayshaun Prince, etc…), James Johnson, Linas Kleiza

    PF: Andrea Bargnani, (Ed Davis or Amir Johnson), Reggie Evans

    C: (Tyson Chandler or Marc Gasol or Nene Hilario), Alexis Ajinca, Solomon Alabi

Scenario 2: Draft Perry Jones, Derrick Williams or Terrence Jones

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    1. Free Agency:

    Re-sign:

    Reggie Evans

    Leandro Barbosa

    Alexis Ajinca  

    Do not re-sign:

    Sonny Weems

    Julian Wright

    Joey Dorsey

     

    2. Sign Free Agents

    Center:

    Tyson Chandler 

    Marc Gasol

    Nene Hilario

    DeAndre Jordan

    Point guard:

    Goran Dragic

    Jose Juan Barea

    Mo Williams

     

    3. Trade:

    Jerryd Bayless

    Amir Johnson or Ed Davis

     

    Looking for: A point guard or center if they were unable to sign one in free agency.

Possible Depth Chart:

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    PG: (Goran Dragic or Jose Juan Barea or Mo Williams, etc… ), Jose Calderon

    SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa

    SF: Perry Jones, James Johnson, Linas Kleiza

    PF: Andrea Bargnani, (Ed Davis or Amir Johnson), Reggie Evans

    C: (Tyson Chandler or Marc Gasol or Nene Hilario), Alexis Ajinca, Solomon Alabi

     

Scenario 3: Draft Jared Sullinger

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    1. Free Agency:

    Re-sign:  

    Leandro Barbosa 

    Alexis Ajinca

    Do not re-sign:

    Reggie Evans 

    Sonny Weems 

    Julian Wright

    Joey Dorsey

     

    2. Sign Free Agents:

    Point guard:

    Goran Dragic

    Jose Juan Barea

    Mo Williams

    Small forward: 

    Tayshaun Prince

    Shane Battier

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Wilson Chandler

    Matt Barnes

    Center:

    Marc Gasol

    Tyson Chandler

    Nene Hilario

     

    3. Trade: 

    Andrea Bargnani

    Jerryd Bayless

    Ed Davis or Amir Johnson

    James Johnson or Linas Kleiza

     

    Looking for: A point guard, small forward and center depending on what we get in free agency.

    One of the three should be a star caliber player (part of any Bargnani trade) and the other two should average at least a double-double (in the case of the SF, we would need a good scorer, rebounder and defender).

Possible Depth Chart 1: With Bargnani Trade

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    PG: (Star caliber PG or Goran Dragic or Jose Juan Barea), Jose Calderon

    SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa

    SF: (Star caliber SF or Tayshaun Prince or Andrei Kirilenko or Wilson Chandler), (James Johnson or Linas Kleiza)

    PF: Jared Sullinger, (Ed Davis or Amir Johnson), Reggie Evans

    C: (Marc Gasol or Tyson Chandler or Nene Hilario), Alexis Ajinca, Solomon Alabi

     

    ***There would only be one star caliber player; however, it could be at any position, which is why it is listed at PG and SF.

Possible Depth Chart 2: Without the Bargnani Trade

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    PG: (Solid PG via trade or Goran Dragic or Jose Juan Barea), Jose Calderon

    SG: DeMar DeRozan, Leandro Barbosa

    SF: (Shane Battier or Tayshaun Prince or Andrei Kirilenko), (James Johnson or Linas Kleiza)

    PF: Jared Sullinger, (Ed Davis or Amir Johnson), Reggie Evans

    C: Andrea Bargnani, Alexis Ajinca, Solomon Alabi

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