The NBA G League held its 2019 Draft today, and the Raptors 905 picked up thee players: Leland King, Mike Parks Jr., and Mike Davis.
One of the major differences between the NBA and G League comes through during their draft process. The latter has four rounds instead of the NBA’s two. However, the teams have the right to “pass” on drafting. This time around, for example, the Northern Arizona Suns opted to pass up on selecting anyone with their first pick of the second round. The Raptors 905, meanwhile, did not choose anyone in the fourth and final round.
Leland King II — 3rd Round, 13th pick
Leland King II is a 6’7” Forward out of UC Santa Barbara where he averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and shot the ball well from behind the arc (41.4 percent) as a senior. He last played in Bosnia’s Division I team Bosna ASA BHT.
Mike Parks Jr. — 3rd Round, 21st pick
Mike Parks Jr is a 6’8” big man out of Memphis. His stats may not jump out, but his highlights say otherwise:
Mike Davis — 3rd Round, 22nd pick
Mike Davis is a 6’9” forward out of Illinois. At 31 years old, he is one of the older players that got drafted this year. Since going undrafted back in 2011, Davis played overseas for a while and most recently played for the Capital City GoGos.
All three should be fighting for roster spots in Mississauga. Still, the 905 find themselves pretty much having to rebuild from scratch, as key players Derek Cooke Jr, Josh Adams, MiKyle McIntosh, Wade Baldwin IV, and Jordan Howard are all now playing overseas.
However, we should put things in perspective here as it’s worth noting that out of all the players the 905 have drafted since 2017, only Kethan Savage made the team.
And in any case, the 905 are getting their new diamond-in-the-rough lead prospects from the big league club anyway. The team will likely be led by Dewan Hernandez (on a standard NBA contract), and their two-way players in Oshae Brissett and Shamorie Ponds.
Elsewhere, a few notable names went in this year’s G League Draft: Hasheem Thabeet, Vander Blue (a top then-D-League prospect a few years ago, and had a cup of coffee with multiple teams), Michael Kyser (former 905er), and Trey Mourning (son of Raptors legend Alonzo Mourning).
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