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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #9 Round 2: None

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
17. Roy Hibbert* None 1. Andrea Bargnani 7. Charlie Villanueva
      16. Joey Graham
* Draft rights traded      

2008–2009

  • 33–49

Offensive

  • 108.5 (22nd)

Defensive

  • 111.6 (22nd)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

The Raptors can shoot. For much of the season, they had five starters who could hit an open jumper. Jose Calderon's shooting has improved greatly since arriving four years ago, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani are probably the best shooting big-man combo in the league, and when he's open, Jason Kapono may be the best shooter in the world.

Needs Work:

The Raptors are a poor defensive team and a poor rebounding team. Bosh is an All-Star and Bargnani is a very skilled big man, but neither is a banger down low. And while Calderon is a terrific floor general, he often gives up plenty on the defensive end of the floor. Further, with no inside presence offensively, the Raptors' shooters have trouble getting open on the perimeter. They need more balance.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • The Raptors ranked 29th in offensive rebounding, grabbing just 24 percent of available boards.
  • The Raptors ranked last in the league by scoring just 37.8 points in the paint per 100 possessions.

The Way To Go:

The Raptors need defense and rebounding, and that's exactly what Shawn Marion can bring. So, if he's willing to stay in Toronto, re-signing him would help them get back to respectability. Otherwise, they need to find somebody that can help in the same way. Of course, if Chris Bosh decides he doesn't want to stay long term, that will throw a wrench in any plans Bryan Colangelo might have.

Even if Bosh stays, the Raptors are in need of help at the wing. So, if a player like Arizona State's James Harden falls to No. 8, he could step in and play right away. They could also use a rebounder like Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair or Wake Forest's James Johnson. This is a team in desperate need of some toughness down low.

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