Title: Everywhere he goes, Aaron Best quickly becomes a coach’s favourite and leaves a lasting impression
Date: November 23, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about their return to a larger frontcourt with so many players hurt in a victory over the Hawks, with a footnote on a Vince Carter milestone.
The G League draft is something of a mess. Over the last four seasons, teams have valued draft picks more as trade currency than roster-building tools, with fewer and fewer draft picks even cracking opening day rosters. Already dealing with a talent pool thinned out by returning player rights, affiliate players cut from NBA camp rosters and the growing inclination for teams to slide guys they like onto camp rosters using the loosely defined local tryout slots, the draft itself has become a crapshoot of sorts, especially outside of the first handful of picks.
In the second round of the 2017 draft, Jerry Stackhouse felt strongly about his team should do.
Raptors 905 had already landed Kethan Savage in the first round and had a number of interesting players tabbed as local tryout additions for Stackhouse’s second season at the helm. With a long lull between selections, Stackhouse left the 905 war room and let it be known in no uncertain terms that there was still a name on the board the 905 must find a way to draft: Aaron Best.
“I wanted this kid, man. I wanted him,” Stackhouse said. “I tried to tell ’em that I wanted him. I don’t know who else they wanted to draft but this kid right here embodies what we needed to do and play the style of defence and has enough upside offensively to be a stud in what we were trying to do. I knew it.”