Monday June 22 2009 – 12:35pm Eastern (Toronto, ON)
IN AND OUT
No, I’m not talking about the burger joint in the U.S. (but if you do get a chance to visit this fine establishment – do so!) …
Here’s who the Raptors SHOULD realistically have a shot at on Thursday … and who is most-certainly out of the picture for Bryan Colangelo and company …
Raptors NBA TV will air their 2008-2009 Season in Review show tonight at 8:00pm. Be sure to check it out (not just ’cause I’m a part of it). You can see a preview of what’s coming, here: http://www.nba.com/raptors/video/2009/06/22/SIR1090622.raptors/index.html
I’ll be hosting “The Game Plan” later today with Jack Armstrong. We’ll be on the FAN 590 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
I’m hoping that Bryan Colangelo can uncover another gem at #9 this year – like he has done in previous seasons (with Phoenix) when he landed Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire (in separate years, obviously) with that same #9 slot.
But the Draft always brings it’s fair share of duds too, and Toronto is no exception to that rule. Check out some of the forgettable names from the Raptors’ draft history:
1999 – Aleksandar Radojevic – 12th overall
2000 – DeeAndre Hulett – 46th overall
2001 – Michael Bradley – 17th overall (good guy – but you’d want more from a mid-1st-round pick)
2002 – Kareem Rush – 20th overall (who was turned into Chris Jefferies. Who? Exactly.)
2003 – Remon Van de Hare – 52nd overall
2004 – Rafael Araujo – 8th overall
2004 – Albert Miralles – 39th overall
2005 – Uros Slokar – 58th overall
2006 – PJ Tucker – 35th overall
Obviously, Radojevic and Araujo stand out as the BIGGEST gaffes. But I included the 2nd round selections as well … because of the fact that the Raptors have never really had a 2nd round pick make a serious impact on this team. Tucker was barely used. And we’ll see what becomes of Nathan Jawai. Otherwise, you’d have to go back to year 1 and uncover Jimmy King to find a second round pick that played any significant minutes — and that was on an expansion team, so does that really count?!
One of these years, the Raps have to get a steal in the 2nd round (but unless they make a trade or buy a pick, Toronto won’t have a chance to do so this year – ’cause they don’t currently own a 2nd round pick in 2009).
LIVE CHAT COMING?
If we can get things ironed-out in time (and if my wife doesn’t go into labour), we’ll try to do a LIVE CHAT on Fan590.com tomorrow around 3:00pm. Stay tuned for confirmation.