NBA Draft 2011: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Toronto Raptors

Justin BoninAnalyst IMay 21, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Best and Worst Case Scenarios for the Toronto Raptors

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  NBA Commisioner David Stern speaks at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    With draft day approaching, I intend to look ahead at will unfold for the Toronto Raptors come June 23 on draft day.

    These are the best and worse case scenarios for the Raptors in this year's draft, followed by how the Raptors can turn the worst case scenario in to something good.

    Enjoy!

     

1st Best-Case Scenario: Raptors Get Brandon Knight

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    The best-case scenario for the Raptors in this year’s draft would be for them to draft Brandon Knight.

    Strengths: Brandon Knight does just about everything well.  He can score and pass and he is a good defender.  Combine that with his athleticism, high basketball I.Q. and the fact that he can play either guard position and you have a very good point guard who would help any team.

    Weaknesses: He will need to improve his consistency from behind the arc, but other than that, it is hard to go wrong with Brandon Knight.

    How Brandon Knight helps the Raptors:

    Brandon Knight would become our point guard of the future.  He would likely be the starter with Jerryd Bayless, splitting time as both his backup and as the backup to DeMar DeRozan at SG.

    Furthermore, this gives Colangelo even more reason to trade Jose Calderon, which could net us either a good center to play alongside Bargnani, a solid role player or hopefully some major cap relief.

    Here are the two ways the Raptors could end up landing Brandon Knight.

1st Best-Case Scenario Outlined

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

    2. Minnesota Timberwolves (trade their pick): Derrick Williams

    3. Utah Jazz: Enes Kanter

    4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valenciunas, or Jan Vesely, or Kawhi Leonard, etc.

    5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight

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    Cleveland: Draft Kyrie Irving first overall as expected.

    Minnesota: Trade their second overall pick and that team selects Derrick Williams.  There is the narrow possibility that a team would trade up to get Enes Kanter, but I really do not see that happening and as a result, I will stick with Derrick Williams going second overall.

    Utah Jazz: The Utah Jazz would then take Enes Kanter third overall and he will greatly help their frontcourt.

    Cleveland: They already will have selected Kyrie Irving first overall, so they will not look to draft a point guard with the fourth pick.  Expect them to go after Jan Vesely or Kawhi Leonard first and second and Jonas Valanciunas third due to the question mark as to whether or not he will pull a Ricky Rubio.

    Toronto: Ultimately, Toronto would land the versatile Brandon Knight, who can do just about everything you would want at the point guard position, thus making this the first of the two best-case scenarios for the Toronto Raptors.    

2nd Best-Case Scenario Outlined

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes to the hoop against Alex Oriakhi #34 of the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on Ap
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    1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

    2. Minnesota Timberwolves: (keeps their pick) Enes Kanter

    3. Utah Jazz: Derrick Williams

    4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jan Vesely, or Kawhi Leonard, or Jonas Valenciunas, etc.

    5. Toronto Raptors: Brandon Knight

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    Cleveland: Stick with Kyrie Irving.

    Minnesota: Unsatisfied with the offers they received for their second overall pick, they opt to keep the pick and draft Enes Kanter, who could really help get this team back on track, especially if they can sign Ricky Rubio.

    Utah: Luck out and grab Derrick Williams with the third overall pick.  They then look to pull off a sign and trade with Andrei Kirilenko.

    Cleveland: In this scenario, the Cavs will likely look to draft Kawhi Leonard or Jan Vesely ahead of Valanciunas for the same reason mentioned above.

    Toronto: As mentioned earlier, the Raptors end up taking Brandon Knight fifth overall.

     

     

     

     

Worst Case Scenario

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    1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

    2. Minnesota Timberwolves: (trade their pick) Derrick Williams

    3. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight

    4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter

    5. Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, or Kawhi Leonard, or Jonas Valanciunas, or Jan Vesely

    In this the worst-case scenario, the Raptors end up with a choice between Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard, Jonas Valanciunas or Jan Vesely.

    First off, do not get me wrong, all four of these guys are good prospects that would help the Raptors.  That being said, none of them can help the Raptors as much as Brandon Knight would have.

    So how can the Raptors turn this bad situation into something good…

    Make a bad situation better—trade the fifth overall pick?

    To get the most value for their pick, the Raptors would have to wait until draft day when they are on the clock.  This is because there are too many questions arising after the first overall pick. For example…

    Second overall: Will Minnesota keep or trade their pick?

    Third overall: Will Utah luck out and get Williams? If not, will they take Brandon Knight or Enes Kanter?

    Fourth overall: Who will Cleveland take? And ultimately, who will still be on the board come the fifth overall pick?

    Because of all these questions, the Raptors will not be able to trade their pick before draft day and will instead have to wait until they are on the clock.

    However, in the mean time the Raptors can still prepare for this by officially letting other teams know that they are listening to offers for their fifth overall pick and that it is in fact available…for the right price.