2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Toronto Still Thinking International at No. 5?
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
The Toronto Raptors came out of the lottery with the No. 5 overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, a couple spots lower than they expected. Toronto was expected to be in the running for International PF Enes Kanter, but he will likely be off the board by the time the Raptors are on the clock.
The Raptors are a young team that could use help all across the board. The Raptors have a lot of quality guards already on the roster, so look for them to add some size in this year's draft.
The most likely candidate for the Raptors would be Lithuanian star Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas is a talented big man that is solid on the boards and on the defensive side of the ball.
He excels around the basket on the offensive side of the ball, but still needs to add some range to his shot. He also needs to get a bit stronger, but he has the talent and the IQ to contribute right away.
Adding Valanciunas to an already talented frontcourt that includes Ed Davis and Andrea Bargnani just makes sense for Toronto.
-- Matt Faulconer
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