Welcome to the third installment of 30 Teams, 30 Years, 30 Drafts featuring the Toronto Raptors. This series you through each of the teams’ draft picks from 1978-2008 and evaluate how they fared. The Raptors haven’t been around as long as most of the other teams in the NBA, but they have made their fair share of interesting draft picks including Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh. Their score is well below the astounding score we saw from the Celtics yesterday, but solid in its own right for such a young franchise.
Total Score: 2.659
Let us know in the comments below who you think their best and worst draft picks were.
To see how the score was calculated, check out the intro post here.
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1 - Fun Fact: Not only was he teammates with Jalen Rose on the Fab 5 but was also incarcerated with him in Michigan’s Oakland County Jailhouse (Rose for a DUI, King for failure to pay child support).
2 - Note: I wanted to bump Camby up a point even though he didn’t qualify, but I thought it may have been more out of Knicks loyalty than a common sense bump.
3 - The Great T-Mac/Vince HOF Debate: This deserves its own paragraph. It’s crazy they were drafted back to back years by the same team. Both were insane talents who you felt could have given so much more on the court, but still have left incredible resumes in their wake. T-Mac had the better apex with two top 5 MVP finishes, something Vince never did. However Vince is number 31 in career points. Next season he will be passing into the top 30 and EVERYONE ahead of him on that list is a HOF, or will be a HOF the second they are eligible. Only two of them were not first ballot HOF. Vince is in. Sorry to all who hate the way he played. The way he crumpled to the ground like he was murdered on even the smallest of contact. The way he crippled the Raptors in the end by destroying his trade value and everything else he did that left a bad taste in your mouth. He will be in Springfield. Even though I liked T-Mac better I couldn’t give him the nod. His career reminds me too much of Bernard King. Amazing talent, prime cut short by injuries, unstoppable when healthy in his prime. Bernard has struggled to get into the hall. He’s been a finalist, but hasn’t gotten past the gates yet. T-Mac will have similar struggles.
4 – Drafted ahead of Zach Randolph.
5 – Will likely get to 100 starts.
6 – Drafted over Andrew Bynum.
7 – Drafted over Danny Granger.