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Toronto Raptors

2013-14 record: 48-34

First place, Atlantic Division

Lost in first round to Brooklyn

2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Pick 20 | Round 2 - Picks 37, 59

Draft Picks - Round 1

20
Bruno Caboclo  | Small Forward | Pinheiros (Brazil)

Draft Picks - Round 2

37
DeAndre Daniels  | Small Forward | Connecticut
59
Xavier Thames (traded to Brooklyn Nets) | Point Guard | San Diego State
Draft Overview

TRADE 1: Toronto Raptors acquire cash considerations from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for No. 59 pick Xavier Thames.

 

Areas of Strength
Team defense and bench play. The Raptors didn’t have one standout defender, but under coach Dwane Casey, they were a top-10 defense. And if they can bring back both Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson, they will once again have one of the best benches in the league. Toronto was at its best when those guys played.

 

Needs Work
As Joe Johnson beat them up in the paint throughout their seven-game, first-round series, it became clear that the Raptors need size on the wing. They don’t have anybody to guard guys like Johnson, LeBron James, Paul George or Carmelo Anthony one-on-one.

 

Two Stats That Matter
1 -- The Raptors were the only Eastern Conference team that ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

 

14.9 -- Points per 100 possessions that the Raptors outscored their opponents by in 490 minutes with point guards Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez on the floor together.

 

The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
The Raptors could look power forward at No. 20 to find someone to challenge Amir Johnson, but likely don’t find many options unless Adreian Payne or Clint Capela have slight tumbles. Point guard, though, could quickly become a pressing need, with Kyle Lowry (unrestricted) and Greivis Vasquez (restricted) both about to hit free agency. At the very least, Toronto may want protection and would be picking right as a run of point guards likely begins: Zach LaVine, if the Raptors believe he is more distributor than shooting guard, Vasilije Micic, Elfrid Payton, Shabazz Napier, Deonte Burton, with potential looks at several others projected more for early in the second round. But the marketing dream outcome of Tyler Ennis, from suburban Toronto, still being available is a major longshot.

 

2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 105.8 (9th)
Defensive: 102.4 (9th)

 

Under Contract
G: Dwight Buycks
G: DeMar DeRozan
F: Landry Fields
F/C: Tyler Hansbrough
F: Chuck Hayes
F: Amir Johnson
F: Steve Novak
F: Terrence Ross
F/G: John Salmons
G: Julyan Stone
C: Jonas Valanciunas

 

Free Agents
G: Nando De Colo
G: Kyle Lowry
F: Patrick Patterson
G: Greivis Vasquez

 

Recent Draft History
2013: None
2012: Terrence Ross (8), Quincy Acy (37), Tomislav Zubcic (56)
2011: Jonas Valanciunus (5)
2010: Ed Davis (13)
2009: DeMar DeRozan (9)

 

-- John Schuhmann

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