Raptors drafting an overseas stash candidate could make sense

Title: Raptors drafting an overseas stash candidate could make sense
Date: November 9, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the Raptors’ history with drafting international “stash” candidates and whether it might make sense this year.

Over the last few years, including the phrase “the draft rights to DeeAndre Hulett,” in offseason cap breakdowns for the Toronto Raptors has become a tradition.

Back in 2000, the Raptors drafted Hulett out of the International Basketball League. Hulett had played his collegiate ball at the little-known College of the Sequoias, for whom there isn’t even a stats register at Basketball-Reference, and then played with Las Vegas in the IBL. For whatever reason — it is hard to fathom given the lack of information on those teams and leagues — the Raptors deemed him worthy of a flier with the No. 46 pick.

One year later, in the inaugural D-League draft, Hulett was selected in the third round, 19th overall. According to a transactions log from 2002, he was released “for repeated violations of league policy” at the end of his first season. He never registered as even an afterthought for the Raptors, except for the fact that they still hold his draft rights.

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