2009 NBA Draft Trackers for the Raptors

Prior to last night’s proceedings, these 15 individuals were identified by this corner as players who could have given the Toronto Raptors what they need, at this moment in time, heading towards a long term future [A] with or [B] without Chris Bosh:

Perception vs Reality – Who SHOULD Raptors Draft?

Al-Farouq Aminu [6-9, 215, SF/PF, Wake Forest, now unavailable]
Tyreke Evans [6-6, 219, PG/OG, Memphis]
DeMar DeRozan [6-7, 220, OG/SF, USC]
Earl Clark [6-10, 226, PF, Louisville]
Derrick Brown [6-8, 225, SF, Xavier]
Terrence Williams [6-6, 213, OG, Louisville]
Wayne Ellington [6-5, 202, OG, UNC]
Danny Green [6-6, 208, OG/SF, UNC]
Sam Young [6-6, 223, SF, Pittsburgh]
Marcus Thorton [6-4, 194, OG, LSU]
Tyler Hansbrough [6-9, 234, PF, UNC]
Taj Gibson [6-10, 214, PF, USC]
Dante Cunningham [6-8, 227, PF/SF, Villanova]
Tyler Smith [6-6, 212, OG, Tennessee, now unavailable]
Nando De Colo [6-5, 190, OG, France]

This is what happened last night with each of those 15 players::

Al-Farouq Aminu. Withdrew from consideration; back to Wake Forest.
Tyler Smith. Withdrew from consideration; back to Tennessee.

Tyreke Evans. SACRAMENTO/No. 4, selected by Geoff Petrie.

DeMar DeRozan. Player the Raptors/No. 9 wanted all along.

Earl Clark. PHOENIX/No. 14, selected by Steve Kerr.
Derrick Brown. CHARLOTTE/No. 40, selected by M-Jordan/L-Brown.
Terrence Williams. NEW JERSEY/No. 11., selected by R-Thorn/K-Vandeweghe.
Wayne Ellington. MINNESOTA/No. 28, selected by David Kahn
Sam Young. MEMPHIS/No. 36, selected by Chris Wallace. 
Danny Green. CLEVELAND/No. 46, selected by Danny Ferry.
Marcus Thorton. MIAMI/No. 43, selected by Pat Riley [traded to New Orleans-Jeff Bower/Byron Scott].
Tyler Hansbrough. INDIANA/No. 13, selected by Larry Bird.
Taj Gibson. CHICAGO/No. 26, selected by J-Paxson/G-Forman.
Dante Cunningham. PORTLAND/No. 33, selected by Kevin Pritchard.
Nando De Colo. SAN ANTONIO/N. 53, selected by RC Buford/G-Popovich.

1. Over the next few seasons, it is going to be most interesting to watch the development of these 15 players.

2. The Charlotte Bobcats [37-45] are gradually building a very solid team:

* Adding Gerald Henderson [OG] and Derrick Brown [SF] last night
* Trading for Boris Diaw [PF-SF], Raja Bell [OG], Vladimir Radmanovic [SF-PF] and DeSagana Diop [C} last season
* Drafting DJ Augustin [PG] & Alex Ajinca [C} last year
* Re-signing Gerald Wallace [SF-PF] last year
* Re-signing Emeka Okafor [C-PF] 2 years ago

3. There’s a very good reason the same names keep popping up when the Larry O’Brien Trophy is awarded, in June, to the NBA Champions.



* Marcus Thorton has subsequently been traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for two future 2nd Round Draft Picks [i.e. 2010 & 2012].

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7 Responses to “2009 NBA Draft Trackers for the Raptors”

  1. WOW (INFO) Says:

    Dont you owe somebody from RR 50 bucks…

  2. Linkage for Jun 25 9am to Jun 26 11am - Raptors Republic Says:

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  3. FAQ Says:

    DeDe …..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. phdsteve Says:

    yup, me!

  5. phdsteve Says:

    but seriously, nice article and as always Khandor- great insight! I totally agree.

  6. khandor Says:

    WOW & phdsteve,

    I don’t believe that to be the case, at all.



    Hopefully you have seen the comment which I left for you at RR.

    If not, it reads like this:


    re: * Khandor, you owe me $50- Harden went #3. – by phdsteve

    1. When I look at this thread,


    It seems as though you did not take me up on my original proposition.

    2. When I look at this 2nd thread,


    I see only that the specific proposition there was asked of James [Ballswin] Realizar, and not you [at all].

    If you feel differently about these two observations, for whatever reason, please feel free to follow-up with me directly via email [or through my blog]. If I happen to lose a wager, you will find that I always pay off the winner with whatever was agreed to in advance. [If in doubt of this, please feel free to contact "Don" at with-malice.com, who bested me in a situation of that sort last year.] Likewise, when I win a wager, I expect the loser to do the same. *smile*

    Hopefully James Harden will have a long and productive NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Despite my sincere congratulations to you for forecasting correctly that the Oklahoma City Thunder would select James Harden with the No. 3 Draft Pick last night, I’m sure you can also understand how it would be a poor precedent for me to set if I made good on that $50 wager I proposed to James … with you, instead.


    PS. Not to worry, really … I’m quite confident there will be plenty of other opprtunities available in the coming months [years?] for you to take more $$$ from me [and, likewise, vice versa]. :-)

  7. khandor Says:


    Sincere thanks for the kind words, re: the article/analysis/insight here.

    Hopefully, you already know that I’m a fan of your perspective, as well.

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