"Buyer Beware" - 5 NBA Draft Prospects for the Raptors to Avoid
Yesterday I took a look at some players who I'd love for Toronto to find a way to get their hands on.
1) Kemba Walker, 6-1 G, UCONN.
2) Bismack Biyombo, 6-9 F, Spain.
3) Enes Kanter, 6-11 F/C, Kentucky/Turkey.
i was going to put Kanter on this list for similar reasons as Biyombo.
For starters, the kid has barely played organized basketball in the last two years thanks to eligibility issues in both high school and then college so there's absolutely no one on this planet that can predict with certainty just how good he'll be as an NBA player.
Does he pass the NBA look and feel test?
I was actually impressed with his fitness level when watching him during the combine the past two days, and he measured out as a legit 6-11 player with nearly a 7-2 wingspan. He hardly looks like the second-coming of Hoffa and Tim Grover, his trainer these past few months, hardly takes on players who don't look to be legit NBA prospects.
But again, can Toronto afford to whiff on this pick?
The club really needs a sure thing at their current draft spot and I personally think the club is better off finding its big man of the future via free agency then trying to groom another big man project.
But the real kicker for me came late yesterday afternoon when it was reported that Kanter refused to interview for three NBA teams in attendance at the draft, one of them being our Raptors.
Some may say "oh, Ed Davis did the same thing, no big deal" but the reality is that Davis turned down Toronto'sworkout offer, and did this simply because his agent didn't think he'd drop as far as 13 in that draft.
Kanter refusing to even interview tells me he (and or his agent) have their hearts set on playing somewhere else (apparently Washington with John Wall.)
Now that's not the be all end all. This stuff happens during the draft process and it's still quite possible that he goes to work out for Toronto.
But remember Bryan Colangelo's motto at one point was "we want players who want to play here" so at this point when you combine this decision with the complete lack of relevant analytics and footage, I'd say "nexxxxxt."