Despite failing to win many games in their first sixteen years in the league, the Toronto Raptors have continually had success though the draft. Their picks have gone on to win Rookie of the Year awards, scoring titles and have been fortunate enough to be part of some really good teams.
Here are the seven best draft picks by the Toronto Raptors.
While the Raptors have drafted many talented players, few have been as important to the organization as “Mo-Pete.” The 6’7” small forward ranks first in team history in games played and third in points. He has also been present for most of the Raptors' success, reaching the playoffs four times with the club.
The first pick in franchise history, “Mighty Mouse” quickly lived up to expectations, winning the Rookie of the Year award in the 1995-96 season. Although he only played three seasons in Toronto, he is still the greatest point guard in Raptors history and is one of the reasons they were able to maintain a fan base early on.
Being the No. 1 overall pick in a draft comes with high expectations, and although Bargnani hasn't quite lived up to them, he has still been a big threat on the offensive end. He may never live up to the comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki, but with the help of new defensive expert in coach Dwane Casey, Bargnani will develop into a more complete player, and perhaps someday an All-Star.
Although Marcus Camby did not stay with Toronto, he has a had a long and productive career and even reached the Finals with the Knicks in ’99. Camby has long been known as a defensive force around the league, even being named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-2007 with Denver.
Even more impressive, he is one of the few active players in the league to average a double-double for their career.
“The Man Traded for Vince Carter” hasn’t been too bad himself. Averaging 19.7 points per game in his career, Jamison has been an effective scorer in the league since 1999. Although many label his game as unorthodox, Jamison finds a way to get the ball in the basket time and time again. Assuming he stays healthy, Jamison should reach the 20,000-point plateau within the next couple of years.
CB4 has achieved more for the organization than any other player drafted by the club. He ranks first in points and rebounds in Raptors history and led the franchise to two playoff appearances before leaving to team up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Although he was never given the supporting cast he needed to go farther in the playoffs, Bosh still led a competitive team throughout his tenure with Toronto. With the Heat making the Finals in only the first year with its “Big Three,” it looks like Bosh’s goal of getting a ring will come sooner than later.
Although his career didn’t really take off until after he left Toronto, there is no question that McGrady is the best player out of the bunch. T-Mac won two scoring titles with the Orlando Magic and teamed up with Yao Ming in Houston to create one of the greatest duos of the decade. Although injuries have seriously hurt his career, McGrady still ranks among the top 60 scorers of all-time despite never playing a single 82-game season.