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Small Forward Prospects for Raptors

The intention of this post is to create some discussion about the SF position in this draft, especially since March Madness has just kicked off yesterday.

When it comes to the draft, I believe the Raptors should draft a SF. Though, a SG may be another possibility.

Watching the games today, and the previous games, I think of three names for the SF spot; MKG, Harrison Barnes, Terrance Jones (though listed as a PF).

MKG has always looked and been a defensive stopper. There has been numerous times when the coach calls on MKG to stop the opposing team's best player, and he never backs away from the occasion. In his interviews, such as this one, he prides his defense and always looks to improve on that aspect. Defensive highlights here. He seems to over-commit to the play sometimes, but he keeps improving. He is a freshman at Kentucky and he is listed at 6'7"; 228 lbs according to DraftExpress.

Harrison Barnes is a proven scorer and clutch performer. You can see some of his clutch shots here and here. He puts up points, and he can do it in multiple ways. Of course he is not a finished product, but that extra year in college served him some justice by polishing up his game. Compared to MKG, he is not a defensive stopper, but he can help the offense in a variety of ways. He is a sophomore at North Carolina and he is listed at 6'8"; 223 lbs according to DraftExpress.

Terrance Jones is used as a forward, but switching off from small and power. He has the body and height to compete at a power, but he also has the explosiveness and range to be a small. An in-betweener if a description is necessary. Highlights here. Highlights explain it all and what he is capable of. In a team surrounded by immense talent, I believe sometimes he is underutilized. It's no one's fault, but I feel that should play a factor into deciding what to do or pick. He is a sophomore at Kentucky and he is listed at 6'9"; 249 lbs according to DraftExpress.

Personally, I believe that MKG is perfect for Casey's system. As we all know, Casey is an avid fan of defense, and what better idea than to draft a player mainly focused on defense. Casey would utilize him to the fullest of his potential (defensively at least). However, you can't ignore Barnes and Jones. Barnes is a pure scorer and clutch performer. Something the Raptors would need in a star if the Raptors are looking to draft a potential "star." Even then, Jones is so powerful and versatile for his position. He may even develop into an incredible player if used properly. Ah, so many choices and only one pick...

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