Well, it’s official. The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery came and went tonight, and your Toronto Raptors landed exactly where they were slotted to land, with the No. 8 selection in the upcoming Draft.
While I was trying to remain calm and without any expectations, I won’t lie, I was feeling the nerves as Adam Silver revealed the No. 8 selection, knowing that if the Raptors logo wasn’t in the envelope, a top-three pick was guaranteed.
Nonetheless, this is what we all should have expected, and now the focus shifts to which young prospects will both be available at No. 8 and will fit into what Bryan Colangelo, Dwane Casey and company are building in Toronto.
After Anthony Davis goes No. 1 to the Hornets, you would have to assume that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson and Andre Drummond will be off the board as well. The big question for me is will Harrison Barnes or Perry Jones III still be available when the Raptors are on the clock? While both have had somewhat disappointing and uninspiring college careers, both still have tremendous potential and upside, so it would be tough to pass either of them up in the No. 8 spot.
After that, players like Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters, Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Ross, Terrence Jones, Austin Rivers and Kendall Marshall all come into play for Toronto, among others.
Though perhaps the real question to ask right now is whether it would be worth it to trade down in the Draft in order to obtain a proven (yet still younger) NBA player and a later first round pick. Depending on the type of players available (Kyle Lowry has been rumoured in recent days), that may actually be the best course of action.
We’ll have an entire month between now and the Draft (June 28) to have all of these questions answered.
In the mean time, RaptorBlog will keep you covered with draft previews, prospect profiles and whatever other Raptors-related news and topics pop up between now and then.
Lastly, for the conspiracy theorists out there, remember that the Hornets had much better odds to win the Lottery than the Raptors did, so it actually would have been a lot “fishier” if Toronto had landed the No. 1 selection. Plus, the Raptors had less of a chance in 2006 (the year they won the Lottery) than the Hornets did tonight, so while I won’t pretend there isn’t a good conspiracy narrative this year, I also won’t stoop to that low. I feel like “fixing” the sweepstakes for the league-owned franchise is just too obvious to even attempt.