Raptors Mock Draft: Reacting to Vecenie’s selections of Jalen Smith, Paul Eboua

Title: Raptors Mock Draft: Reacting to Vecenie’s selections of Jalen Smith, Paul Eboua
Date: November 16, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down Sam Vecenie’s mock draft from a Raptors perspective, where he has them selecting Jalen Smith and Paul Eboua.

Remember when OG Anunoby toyed with wearing goggles because he was seemingly getting poked in the eye every game? It looked cool, but Anunoby couldn’t find a comfort zone with them, and so Toronto Raptors fans were denied a fun new aesthetic. What if the Raptors targeted someone in the draft to fill that role instead of Anunoby? No, that’s silly. Unless…

With the No. 29 pick in the Nov. 18 NBA Draft, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie mocked Jalen Smith to the Raptors.

From Vecenie’s mock draft:

“The idea behind Smith is pretty simple. He’s a 3-and-D big at 6-foot-10. And despite that size, he’s a very bouncy athlete who can really rise up to rim height and throw down when he gets a chance to leap off of two feet… he could be an excellent developmental player for the Raptors who have to deal with the free agencies of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka this year.”

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