The NBA Draft is still somehow multiple weeks away, and the Raptors stay working out players to potentially use their 23rd pick on. This is the nuts and bolts of the NBA off-season — not particularly exciting, but something that has to happen.
Today’s group at the BioSteel Centre includes the following prospects:
Matt Jones, Guard, 6-4, Duke
Jordan Matthews, Guard, 6-4, Gonzaga
Matt Thomas, Guard, 6-4, Iowa State
PJ Dozier, Guard, 6-5, South Carolina
Justin Tuoyo, Forward, 6-8, Chattanooga
Kennedy Meeks, Forward, 6-9, UNC
Setting aside the turn of events that brings in two Matts and a Matthews on the same day, the highest ranked player of the six is P.J. Dozier, according to Draft Express’ Top 100 prospects list. He’s listed at number 51 — and not exactly the player most Raptors fans have in mind when they dream about having a P.J. on the team.
Nevertheless, the sophomore out of South Carolina put up 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, but only shot 28.5 from three last season. Dozier is listed at a big 6’6’’, 200 lbs, which lends well to the idea of using him at the 2 or 3 (a place of need for the Raps), but still: that 51st ranking makes it feel like a huge reach for the 23rd pick.
But what do I know? Masai Ujiri continues to work away in the lab. The NBA Draft is on June 22nd, and then we’ll know for sure which way the Raptors are going.