2011 NBA Draft: Evaluating the Toronto Raptors' Options at the No.5 Pick
One of the few teams not involved in rampant trade talks at the top of the first round is the Toronto Raptors. They've quietly been mulling their options at the No.5 slot and mock drafts have them taking a wide range of players.
ESPN's Chad Ford has the Raptors taking international small forward Jan Vesely in his latest mock draft. But other players that Toronto will certainly look at include Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard, and potentially Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight.
They are at the mercy of the teams drafting (and trading) ahead of them in the top four picks. But when you look at the many needs of his team, isn't it clear that the backcourt needs to be addressed first?
DeMar DeRozan has some potential, but a running mate alongside of him would provide stability to one of the league's worst teams. It doesn't appear likely that Brandon Knight will slip past the Jazz at No.3 otherwise he'd be a perfect choice for Toronto.
Scouts say that Jan Vesley needs some time to develop and the Raptors know all to well how painful it can be waiting for a big man to develop with Andrea Bargnani.
I don't think the Raptors are going to pull any fast ones here though. Once the top four picks are settled Toronto will take the best point guard on the board or Jan Vesley if they believe he's ready to play sooner than his doubters do.
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