2017 NBA draft grades: Raptors take smart risk on OG Anunoby after injury
The Toronto Raptors broke the 50-win barrier for the second year in a row, finishing 51-31 in 2016-2017. The bench shined throughout the year, handling injuries that hobbled a number of the starting five. But the team enters summer 2017 with a roster full of question marks, namely what will happen with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka in free agency.
The uncertainty combined with the lone pick might lead the Raptors to look for versatility in the draft. Last year, the team selected Jakob Poeltl at No. 9 overall and Pascal Siakam at No. 27. Neither player stood out exceptionally in their rookie seasons but both have plenty of upside.
Here's the full list of picks the Raptors hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated with grades and analysis as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 23 (No. 23 overall): OG Anunoby
There were mixed reports on the status of Anunoby’s ACL recovery, and concerns about his long-term health led to his slide in the draft. This is nice value for the Raptors, accordingly. Anunoby may miss significant time next season, but he could be a terrific defensive player and gives Toronto a great deal of upside if he returns to full health. He needs to improve his offensive skills, as he’s somewhat limited as a scorer, but has promise as a jump shooter and he’s a very good athlete. His insane length could make him a terrifying perimeter stopper. - Jeremy Woo