Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?
By Kat Stefankiewicz
As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today. The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.
So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?
Toronto fans would remember three very well.
It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
Two years later, in 2011, as fans packed Real Sports for the Draft Party, Jonas Valanciunas showed the camera his draft pick position, 5th, and fans left with a little name pronunciation homework.
And the following year, a bow-tie clad Terrence Ross shook hands with Toronto at the 8th selection.
The rest of the current team fell into the following order when their names were called on that game changing day:
13th – Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana, 2009
14th – Patrick Patterson, Houston, 2010
24th – Kyle Lowry, Memphis, 2006
28th – Greivis Vasquez, Memphis, 2010
26th – John Salmons, San Antonio, 2002
32nd – Steve Novak, Houston, 2006
39th – Landry Fields, New York, 2010
53rd – Nando De Colo, San Antonio, 2009
56th – Amir Johnson, Detroit, 2005 (Last player in NBA history to be drafted out of high school)
Undrafted but signed to the NBA within the same year:
Chuck Hayes, Houston, 2005
Dwight Buycks, Phoenix, 2011
Julyan Stone, Denver, 2011