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A not-so-brief history of the Raptors in the NBA Draft

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Make sure you have an extra oxygen tank packed, because we’re about to go on a deep dive in Raptors draft history.

It’s draft day!

For way too many years of our beloved Raptors’ existence this has been the most exciting, and relevant, day of the season.

Conventional wisdom would hold then that the Raptors have been pretty bad at this drafting thing. After all, Toronto has made it to the postseason just ten times in their 23 years of existence, which strongly suggests that they haven’t been very good at acquiring players of value.

Names like Andrea Bargnani, Rafael Araujo, Aleksander Radojevic and even, sigh, my adopted Brazilian son, Bruno Caboclo, seem to confirm that the Raptors, indeed, struggle with not accidentally saying the names of basketball players who will suck.

But is that really true?

To figure that out, we here at Raptors HQ decided to do the MOST COMPREHENSIVE TORONTO RAPTORS DRAFT REVIEW EVER!

We’re going to go year-by-year to see who the Dinos’ drafted, how they stacked up to their slot, what major names they passed on, and, as a bonus, who was the bust of the draft.

A few rules:

1) Only picks the Raptors actually made count here (unless I decide to break this rule — see: Powell, Norman). So, I don’t care that the Raps probably were the ones who actually picked Pape Sow, and Miami probably picked Albert Miralles (I was going to say I don’t care about Pape Sow and Albert Miralles, but that would be a lie. I love all my random Raptors.)

2) I’m using Win Shares to calculate how “good” the player ultimately was. This is a flawed method, sure, but it’s not any more flawed than any other all-in-one stat, and it’s easy to compare.

3) Context matters. Whiffing on Bruno Caboclo at #20, where there were not a ton of high-impact players drafted after him, is a lot better than whiffing on Radiojevic at #12 when lots of guys were still on the board to help a moribund Toronto squad.

4) I’m giving less attention to second round picks as, generally, they’re way less important.

5) I’m defining the draft’s “bust”, as the first guy who put up less than 10 Win Shares for his career. In some drafts where a major injury played a big role in the “bust” I’ll list a second player. In more recent drafts I may put more than one option if I feel the first guy has a good chance to mature past that 10 Win Share mark.

So, without further ado, let’s waste a goodly amount of your employers time!

1995

Raptors Drafted: #7, Damon Stoudamire (55.4 career Win Shares. 15.1 with Toronto)

Win Share Rank in Draft: 8th

Immediately After: Bryant Reeves (13 WS)

Immediately Before: Shawn Respert (2.1 WS)

Raptors Drafted: #35 Jimmy King (0.0 WS)

Bust: #8, Shawn Respert - POR

Analysis: The Raptors start their drafting history on a solid note, basically nailing the slot. The three “better” guys taken after Mighty Mouse: (Kurt Thomas (64.2), Brent Barry (70.4), Michael Finley (85.2) probably didn’t have the personality to sell the team the way Damon did. And, hey, they avoided taking the fan’s #1 choice, Wooden Award winner Ed O’Bannon, who put a career WS of — wait for it — zero.

In the second round the Raps missed on a couple of good players (Eric Snow, Fred Hoiberg), but hey, at least they had a second rounder!

Grade: A — This was a great first step for the franchise.

Interesting Fact: Don Reid (13.7), selected last overall, had a better career than 11 guys picked in the first round.

1996

Raptors Drafted: #2, Marcus Camby (91.6 WS. 4.6 w TOR)

WS Rank: 6th

Immediately After: Allen Iverson (99.0)

Immediately Before: Shareef Abdur-Rahim (71.2)

Bust: #11, Todd Fuller (2.2) - GSW

Analysis: An all-time draft, it saw three guys (Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash) compile 100+ WS, plus Iverson barely missing the mark. Twelve other guys would have at least 50 WS, while ten would be named All-Stars at least once. It also featured plenty of depth (wherefore art thou second rounder?!). Still, in an era where big-men were the key currency, the Raps picked the best one in the draft. Unfortunately, they didn’t keep him for long, but that’s not what we’re grading here.

Grade: B+ — You understand why they took Camby, but missing on Allen, Bryant and Nash hurts.

Interesting Fact: Kobe, Peja and Nash went back-to-back-to-back. If that isn’t the best trio of picks in the teens ever, I’ll eat my hat (but not bother to check if that’s right.)

1997

Raptors Drafted: #9, Tracy McGrady (97.3 WS. 11.9 w TOR)

WS Rank: 3rd

Immediately After: Adonal Foyle 18.7

Immediately Before: Danny Fortson 22.3

Bust: #6, Ron Mercer (9.4) - BOS

Analysis: Aside from Tim Duncan and Big Shot Chauncy Billups (who the Raps had for 0.4 WS of his career), nobody was better than T-Mac. That’s partially because this was a horrible draft. The best guy after the Big 3? Derek Anderson, who wouldn’t even crack 50 WS.

Grade: A+. This draft offered very few ways for the Raps to get it right, and boy, did they ever. (Now about keeping those studs…)

Interesting Fact: Stephen Jackson was taken 42nd overall and was the eighth-best player in the draft.

1998

Raptors Drafted: #4, Antawn Jamison (87.8 WS. 0 w TOR)

WS Rank: 5th

Immediately After: Raef Lafrentz (39.4)

Immediately Before: Vince Carter (123.5 WS – 47.8 W TOR)

Raptors Drafted: #47 Tyson Wheeler (0.1 WS)

Bust: #1, Michael Olowakandi (2.5) - LAC

Analysis: The Raps did a great bit of work here, ultimately ending up with the third best player in the draft behind Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce, while saving a few bucks by making the swap with the Warriors. Don’t get excited by the fact the Raps had a second rounder. They drafted Wheeler for Denver.

Grade: A+ — Pierce or Dirk would have been even better, but you can’t complain about landing the face of a franchise.

Interesting Fact: One of the deepest drafts. Eighteen guys put up at least 25 Win Shares, and two guys in round two (Rashard Lewis – 90.9, and Cuttino Mobley 52.2) put up over 50.

1999

Raptors Drafted: #5, Jonathan Bender (3.8 WS. 0 w TOR)

WS Rank: 27th

Immediately After: Lamar Odom (77.0)

Immediately Before: Wally Szczerbiak (53.3)

Raptors Drafted: #12 Alexander Radojevic (-0.4 WS — -0.1 w TOR)

WS Rank: 45th – second worst of all players who made NBA

Immediately After: Trajan Langdon (2.9)

Immediately Before: Corey Maggette (62.2)

Bust: Bender

Analysis: The Bender pick isn’t on the Raps, as this was Indiana selecting as part of the Antonio Davis trade. But, Radojevic? Woof. For a Raps team on the cusp of contending, any of Maggette, #16 Ron Artest (61.1 WS), #18 James Posey (51.1), or best yet, another project big-man, #24 Andrei Kirilenko (75.4), could have put the Raps on a whole other level. Even if they didn’t select those guys there was a pretty good player hanging around at the end of the second round — some guy named Manu?

Grade: C+ — Davis for Bender was a steal, but the Raptors badly missed on an opportunity to get even a solid player.

Interesting Fact: Duke Blue Devils went #11 (Langdon), #13 (Maggette) and #14 (William Avery – the only guy worse than Aleksander the Not-So-Great).

2000

Raptors Drafted: #21, Morris Peterson (35.7 WS. 30.5 w TOR)

WS Rank: 6th

Immediately After: Speedy Claxton (14.2)

Immediately Before: Donell Harvey (4.7)

Raptors Drafted: #46 DeAndree Hulett (DNP)

Bust: #3, Darius Miles (9.5) - LAC

Analysis: In what is considered one of the worst drafts in NBA history, the Raptors made out like bandits. Sure, MoPete wasn’t ever anything more than a good complimentary player, but finding that at #21 in any draft is a win. In one like this, where the only player taken after Peterson who was better was #43 Michael Redd (55.9), it’s as canny piece of business as GM Glen Grunwald ever did.

Grade: A — MoPete forever! But the Raps, yet again, failed to get any value out of their second round slot.

Interesting Fact: This draft was so bad that seven out of the top 15 players drafted failed to even get to 10 WS for their career.

2001

Raptors Drafted: #17, Michael Bradley (2.0 WS. 1.6 w TOR)

WS Rank: 31st

Immediately After: Kirk Hanson (-0.5)

Immediately Before: Jason Collins (20.1)

Bust: #9, Rodney White (1.8) - DET

Analysis: After generally drafting well to start their history, the Raptors start to lose their way. Bradley was an athletic forward out of Villanova who had just averaged 20 and 10, but he was never able to force his way into the team’s rotation. The fact that nine of the 13 players drafted right after Bradley went on to have better careers, including players like Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace, Sam Dalembert, and Tony Parker, hurts.

Grade: D — the Raps missed, but at the time, several mock drafts had Bradley off the board before Toronto even picked, so the thought process was at least understandable.

Interesting Fact: Minnesota forfeited their 1st round pick in this, and the 2002 drafts because of the Joe Smith contract scandal.

2002

Raptors Drafted: #20, Kareem Rush (1.7 WS. 0 w TOR)

WS Rank: 29th

Immediately After: Ryan Humphrey (-0.4)

Immediately Before: Qyntel Woods (1.2)

Raptors Drafted: #27, Chris Jefferies (-0.5 WS)

WS Rank: 48th - second worst of players who made NBA

Immediately After: John Salmons (33.9)

Immediately Before: Dan Dickau (5.9)

Bust: #2, Jay Williams (0.8) - CHI, if you’re feeling callous, #5, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (-1.6) - DEN, if you’re not.

Analysis: A tricky one in that the Raps traded Rush and Tracy Murray, and a 2nd rounder, for Lindsay Hunter, Jefferies and a 2nd. There were obviously better players than either Rush or Jefferies to be had later, but not that many good ones. Really, it’s three second rounders, Carlos Boozer, Matt Barnes and Luis Scola, who could have had a significant impact.

Grade: C- — This was a weak draft. More than half of the first round never made it to 10 Win Shares. The idea behind the trade is defensible. The fact the Raptors just missed out on a young John Salmons could be either a con or a pro.

Interesting Fact: My brother’s girlfriend worked for the ACC at the time, which is cool, but made more relevant by the fact that she would repeatedly tell me stories about how Chris Jeffries would routinely show up to the building late, and not know what he was supposed to be doing that day. This was the first (and only) time I knew a Raps draft pick was a bust by the fact said draft pick used to complain that 9am was too early to be expected to practice.

2003

Raptors Drafted: #4, Chris Bosh (106 WS. 61.8 w TOR)

WS Rank: 3rd

Immediately After: Carmelo Anthony (100.7)

Immediately Before: Dwayne Wade (118.3)

Raptors Drafted: #52, Ramon Van de Hare (DNP)

Bust: #2 Darko Milicic (7.1) - DET — You may have heard of him?

Analysis: The Raps hit a home-run in a draft that was supposed to have three super-stars and then projects. Bosh finished behind Wade in WS, but you can make an argument that given how bigs age, without the blood-clots issue, Bosh may have topped his former teammate.

Grade: A+ — Even the fact the Raptors yet again managed to draft a stiff who never played in round two can’t dampen this win. Hey, maybe this Raptors drafting thing is looking up again?

Interesting Fact: This and the 1999 draft (Andre Miller, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Manu) are the only two in the Raptors era to produce four players with 100+ Win Shares.

2004

Raptors Drafted: #8, Rafael Araujo (-0.4 WS. -0.5 w TOR). I am so sorry I briefly raised your hopes.

WS Rank: 45th — second worst among all players who played from draft. (C’mon Raps, stop half-assing this missing the draft thing. We want the worst! We want the worst!)

Immediately After: Luol Deng (73.2)

Immediately Before: Andre Igoudala (92.1)

Raptors Drafted: #39, Albert Miralles (DNP)

Bust: Hoffa, of course.

Analysis: How bad was this? The Raptors could have literally taken anyone but some guy named Matt Freije from Vanderbilt and they would have been better off. Some notable names Toronto passed on besides, famously, Igoudala: Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, JR Smith, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Martin, Anderson Varajeo, and Trevor Ariza.

Grade: F — Even the best 2nd round pick the Raps had made in their first decade of existence, the mighty Pape Sow (acquired on a draft day trade for Miralles), can’t save this from being the worst Raps pick ever.

Interesting Fact: Writing this section made me vomit in my mouth a little.

2005

Raptors Drafted: #7, Charlie Villanueva (22.6 WS. 3.9 w TOR)

WS Rank: 23rd

Immediately After: Martell Webster (24.7)

Immediately Before: Channing Frye (38.8)

Raptors Drafted: #16, Joey Graham (7.8 WS. 6.8 W TOR)

Immediately After: Antoine Wright (3.1)

Immediately Before: Danny Granger (48.5)

WS Rank: 31st

Raptors Drafted: #41, Roko Ukic (-0.2 WS), #58, Uros Slokar (0.1 WS)

Bust: #9, Ike Diogu (6.5) - GSW

Analysis: Again the Raps again went off the board, again with not much success. Passing on Danny Granger twice, given Toronto was on the cusp of being competitive is galling. But this wasn’t a deep draft. Only one player, Chris Paul, would crack 100 WS, and only seven guys cracked 50. More than half of those either being the last pick of round one (David Lee), or second round fliers (Lou Williams, Amir Johnson and Marcin Gortat).

Grade: C- — The Raps didn’t get anyone good, but nobody else really did either — at least not in any predictable way. Part of this grade depends on how you feel about Charlie V fetching T.J. Ford, and whether you thought the injury that took Ford out just as he was starting to look dangerous, was unlucky, or totally predictable given Ford’s history.

Interesting Fact: The draft was a bad one to be a big with the initials A.B., as both Andrew Bynum and Andrew Bogut saw promising careers hampered, or cut short by injuries.

2006

Raptors Drafted: #1, Andrea Bargnani (18.9 WS. 16.2 w TOR)

WS Rank: 12th

Immediately After: No, no, you read that correctly. Andrea was… #1.

Immediately Before: LeMarcus Aldridge (97.6)

Raptors Drafted: #35, PJ Tucker (25.0 WS. 1.4 w TOR)

Bust: #3, Adam Morrison (-1.4) - CHA

Analysis: Yes, Bargnani is one of the weakest no. 1 picks in history, but this was a really bad draft for everyone. Toronto didn’t think Aldridge would fit well with Bosh, and the guy who might have made the most sense for the Raps at #1, Brandon Roy, was a massive injury risk. The fact Bargnani was the 12th best player in this draft is sort of a miracle, and evidence that Toronto was dealt a losing hand. GM Bryan Colangelo would have been better off trading down.

Grade: C — Bargnani was certainly defensible, and as a rookie no less than Bill Simmons said he thought the Raps had a player. P.J. Tucker is the best second round pick in Raps history, and by his own admission, the reason he failed to stick to begin with was his attitude.

Interesting Fact: Did I say the draft was awful? I meant apocalyptic. A full two-thirds of the first round would fail to reach 10 career WS. Sometimes it isn’t the GMs, you know?

2007

Raptors Drafted: No picks

WS Rank: NA

Immediately After: NA

Immediately Before: NA

Bust: #1, Greg Oden (9.5) – POR if you’re mean. #6, “The Chairman” Yi Jianlin (3.1) – MIL, if you’re not.

Analysis: Was trading out of the first round for Lamond Murray worthwhile? No, especially given that six useful NBAers were taken from the Raps 22nd spot until the end of the round.

Grade: Incomplete.

Interesting Fact: Despite having no picks, four players chosen in this draft, Julian Wright, Marco Belinelli, Dominic McGuire and Aaron Gray, would go on to play for Toronto.

2008

Raptors Drafted: #17, Roy Hibbert (35.9 WS. 0 w TOR)

WS Rank: 12th

Immediately After: Marresse Speights (25.8)

Immediately Before: Javale McGee (25.9)

Bust: #8, Joe Alexander (0.8) - MIL

Analysis: Toronto dealt Hibbert in the deal to acquire Jermaine O’Neal — which was a total flop for the Raps, as O’Neal struggled on the court, and was then flipped in another deal that the Raps lost. But that’s not the draft’s fault.

Grade: D+ — On paper, this deal made some sense. Some. The fact that this draft could be one of only four since the Raps came into existence to produce at least 10 players with 50+ WS makes you feel the Raps could have done better showing some patience. Oh, wait, was Bryan Colangelo still running the team? Never mind.

Interesting Fact: ‘Honest Abe’ has already tweeted at me to find a new slant.

2009

Raptors Drafted: #9, DeMar DeRozan (54 WS)

WS Rank: 4th

Immediately After: Jordan Hill (16.4)

Immediately Before: Brandon Jennings (29.9)

Bust: #2, Hasheem Thabeet (4.8) - MEM

Analysis: A top heavy draft that gave us James Harden, Steph Curry, and Blake Griffin, saw the Raps do very well. Nobody drafted after DeMar has more Win Shares, with Jeff Teague coming closest.

Grade: A+ — would you rather have Jeff Teague? I didn’t think so.

Interesting Fact: The player Minnesota took 28th in the draft, Wayne Ellington (28.8), has more win shares combined than the players it took 5th and 6th — Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn (27.4)

2010

Raptors Drafted: #13, Ed Davis (35.5 WS. 11.2 w TOR)

WS Rank: 7th

Immediately After: Xavier Henry (0.8)

Immediately Before: Patrick Patterson (27.6. 16.4 W TOR)

Bust: #6 Ekpe Udoh (8.9) - GSW

Analysis: It’s starting to feel like the 90s all over again, as the Raptors hit on their draft pick, only to flip the player away before he came into his prime.

Grade: B+ — nobody after Davis has had a better career.

Interesting Fact: Half of the first round likely won’t make it to 10 WS, making this one of the most bust-filled drafts of the past twenty years.

2011

Raptors Drafted: #5, Jonas Valanciunas (41.2 WS)

WS Rank: T6th (with Kemba Walker)

Immediately After: Tristan Thompson (37.4)

Immediately Before: Jan Vesely (4.0)

Bust: Vesey.

Analysis: Big Val ends up being better than a lot of us give him credit for, as he comes in basically on slot. Of course, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler would all have been better picks, but still… none of those guys was going at no. 5. Not in 2011.

Grade: B+ — passing on three perennial All-Stars for a talented big whose fit in the new NBA is shaky, sure sounds bad, but realistically the Raps did more than fine here — especially if you believe the reports the Spurs wanted to trade up to to take Valanciunas for themselves.

Interesting Fact: Nobody does know anything. By Win Shares, the last pick in each round (Jimmy Butler and Isaiah Thomas) would have been the best.

2012

Raptors Drafted: #8, Terrence Ross (14.9 WS. 14 w TOR)

WS Rank: 18th

Immediately After: Harrison Barnes (26.1)

Immediately Before: Andre Drummond (46.4)

Raptors Drafted: #37, Quincy Acy (8.8), #56, Tomislav Zubcic (DNP)

Bust: #4 Dion Waiters (7.5) - CLE, but more likely #5 Thomas Robinson (4.6) - SAC

Analysis: The Raps didn’t hit a home-run, or even a double, but aside from Drummond (who Toronto wasn’t taking with JV newly in the fold), and second rounders like Jae Crowder, Draymond Green and Khris Middleton, who nobody was taking at no. 8, the players the Raps passed on are guys like John Henson, Moe Harkless, Jeremy Lamb, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, and Evan Fournier. Not exactly world beaters.

Grade: C+ — Drummond hurts, but none of those other guys was gonna give us a magical night in January. And hey, a second rounder who actually played!

Interesting Fact; Then again, only four guys in this entire draft never stepped onto a NBA floor, and Zubcic was one of them.

2013

Raptors Drafted: No picks

WS Rank: NA

Immediately After: NA

Immediately Before: NA

Bust: #1, Anthony Bennett (0.5 WS) - CLE

Analysis: The Raps were out of this draft largely because of the Kyle Lowry trade. I think we can all agree that that worked out alright. (Although if we had taken Steven Adams — or, sigh, Giannis — that would have been OK too.)

Grade: Incomplete.

Interesting Fact: #27, Rudy Gobert is almost even with Giannis in Win Shares (38.5 to 38.9), despite playing three-thousand fewer minutes. Betcha didn’t see that one coming.

2014

Raptors Drafted: #20, Bruno Caboclo (-0.4 WS. -0.3 w TOR)

WS Rank: 53rd, Yup, you guessed it. That’s second worst amongst players who have made the NBA (seriously, this is getting weird now).

Immediately After: Gary Harris (13.4)

Immediately Before: Mitch McGary (0.4)

Raptors Drafted: #37, DeAndre Daniels (DNP), #59 Xavier Thames (DNP)

Bust: #5, Dante Exum (1.5) - UTH, or #8, Nik Stauskas (2.7) - SAC

Analysis: Context matters here. The Raps definitely missed on Clint Capela (20.6), and Kyle Anderson (12.7), but most of the other players, while better than Bruno, are guys who wouldn’t have been anything more than 12th men on the Raps’ current roster. Swinging for the fences was the right play even if it didn’t work out. (Am I allowed to add: ‘yet?’ No? Screw you guys, then!)

Grade: C- — The bigger let-down might be the Raps taking Daniels over the most successful player in the draft so far, Nikola Jokic at #41.

Interesting Fact #1: This will change as Joel Embiid plays more, (and, likely a ton of other guys), but Canadian Dwight Powell, currently has the third most win shares of any player in the draft.

Interesting Fact #2: Only seven players in this draft have yet to play in the NBA, and somehow the Raps took two of them. This is why the Raps don’t ever keep their second rounders. (And yes, I know the Nets were the ones who wanted Thames, but here at Raptors HQ we don’t let accuracy get in the way of a good narrative.)

2015

Raptors Drafted: #20, Delon Wright (6.2 WS)

WS Rank: T16th

Immediately After: Jerian Grant (6.6)

Immediately Before: Justin Anderson (4.3)

Raptors Drafted: #46, Norman Powell (5.0 WS) T 20th

Bust: #2, D’Angelo Russell (1.7) - LAL, but more likely #3, Jahlil Okafor (3.0) - PHI

Analysis: Wright is a strong pick by slot, but taking him looks even better, given that only five players picked in the first round have played fewer minutes due to injury and depth issues. And, even though Powell hasn’t been the picture of consistency, it’s only his contract that makes him look like a liability. Otherwise, he’s put up the same numeber of win shares as Justise Winslow — in 1,400 fewer minutes.

Grade: B+ — contracts don’t count in this exercise.

Interesting Fact: The player Delon Wright’s tied with in WS? #15 pick Kelly Oubre Jr. Maybe that’s why Kelly was so salty in Round 1 of the playoffs.

2016

Raptors Drafted: #9, Jakob Poeltl (7.2 WS)

WS Rank: 2nd

Immediately After: Marquese Chris (2.5)

Immediately Before: Thon Maker (2.8)

Raptors Drafted: #27, Pascal Siakam (6.2)

WS Rank: 5th

Immediately After: Furkan Korkmanz (0.0)

Immediately Before: Skal Labissiere (2.6)

Bust: #4, Dragan Bender (-0.3) - PHO

Analysis: Well, this has worked out nicely hasn’t it? I bet you weren’t expecting Jak to be in the second spot behind Ben Simmons. Now, sooner rather than later, Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray and Jaylen Brown will blow by him, and it’s possible that one day Masai’ll wish he took Taurean Prince, Dejounte Murray or Caris Lavert, but still.

And that doesn’t even take into account Siakam, who has a legitimate chance to be one of the top five players taken in the draft.

Grade: A+ — It’ll likely go down as one of the weaker drafts, high-end talent-wise, but this is exceptional work any way you cut it.

Interesting Fact: With only three players (Bender, Henry Ellensen, and DeAndre Bembry), barely in negative WS, the draft has a chance to be the first since 2008 where every first rounder both plays and has a positive career WS.

2017

Raptors Drafted: #23, OG Anunoby (3.0 WS)

WS Rank: 9th

Immediately After: Jarrett Allen (4.2)

Immediately Before: Tyler Lydon (0.0)

Bust: #8, Frank Ntilikina (-0.9 WS) - NYK.

Analysis: You might make a case for Kyle Kuzma (3.8), and if you’re really a Laker lover Josh Hart (3.4), but when you get past Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, and, intriguingly, the Hawks’ John Collins, there isn’t a player who looks like a better pick so far.

Grade: A — it’s early, but it seems like the Raps aced the draft again.

Interesting Fact: Despite the rough starts by Ntilikina, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith, and De’Aaron Fox, it’s feeling like this might be the first draft since 1996 to not have a “bust” in the top 10. Maybe GM’s are getting better at this.

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Put it all together, and what do you have? Shockingly, it looks very much like the individual in charge makes a huge difference in how well a team drafts. Weird.

Isiah Thomas hit on all three of his picks, two of which were at least slightly off the board. He earns an A.

Glen Grunwald came next and used the draft to add Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, MoPete and Chris Bosh, but also missed badly on Radojevic, Bradley and Jefferies. That earns him a B-

Rob Babcock was… well, the kindest thing we can say about Babcock was that his second draft was better than his first. He gets a D-

Bryan Colangelo then struggled with his first three drafts before rebounding nicely to add DeRozan, Ed Davis, Valanciunas and Lowry. And even his one so-so draft in that run, Ross, wasn’t a disaster. Give him a B

And Ujiri? While Bruno may forever be two years away from being two years away, Ujiri’s past three drafts have been the best run at the table since the first three in franchise history. The players won’t be as good as Mighty Mouse, Camby, or McGrady, but the degree of difficulty was harder, and, hey, he actually got a second rounder to stick! B+ for Masai.

Of course, if he ends up trading into this draft, it could change everything.