Comparing Young Toronto Raptors Players to NBA Veterans

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Comparing Young Toronto Raptors Players to NBA Veterans
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With the NBA lockout over our heads there isn't a lot of news to talk about for most basketball fans, but luckily that isn't the case for Raptors fans. The Raptors are a young squad with many talented players who have great potential, so fans like you and I could spend days debating over the players and the teams' future.

The Toronto Raptors are in the midst of a rebuilding project and have invested heavily on young players. The NBA has seen many similar players come and go, and while every player is unique in his own way, all sorts of different player "types" have been classified by fans and analysts over the years. We have tweeners, combo guards, high-energy players, stiff players, sharp shooters, volume scorers, and the list could go on forever.

This is no different for the Raptors, and many of our young players can be compared to NBA veterans who have shared similarities in their games. Before I tried to take a shot at guessing what those players will be capable of in their peak seasons, but now I'm going to attempt to compare each young Raptor to an already established Veteran/former player.

The hope is to find a veteran clone for each one of our young players that shared the same skill set, and if a good match is found it could give us an idea of just how good they could become.

The format which is shown will first suggest who the player was compared to when they first came into the league, who they are compared to today, and it also includes a best and worst case scenario for each young Raptor since predicting these things accurately is nearly impossible.

Please leave a comment and give your opinion and thoughts, will any of these players turn out to be like their veteran comparison? Was there a better comparison for a player which wasn't mentioned? Leave a comment and join the conversation!

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