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article image2017 NBA Mock Draft: Toronto Raptors latest projections

By Larry Seely     Jan 25, 2017 in Sports
Toronto - Despite a recent losing streak, Toronto is having another solid NBA season as the Raptors sit second in the Eastern Conference, just three games behind front-runner Cleveland.
This franchise is quickly becoming one of the best in basketball with consistency within the organization on and off the court. But fans now want a championship, and for that to happen the roster needs an upgrade, especially on the wing as this team lacks a big scoring threat outside of its talented back court.
With the trade deadline approaching, several rumors have surfaced on social media about potential moves the front office could make, but for long-term success, using this summers draft could be a better option. With three selections overall and two in the first round, finding the right help could make 2018 a special season for Toronto.
Several NBA experts have released their latest mocks and while agreeing on one specific player is difficult, most do believe this franchise will look for more length and scoring ability on the wing. Finding a small forward that can run the court and an upgrade off the bench at shooting guard appear the biggest weaknesses of Toronto and these positions should get addressed this summer.
Edmond Sumner of Xavier is climbing draft boards with his play this season and is a versatile youngster that would add the depth needed at both guard positions. At 6'5" he has good size and his skill set on the court makes him a hot commodity for those teams picking later in the first round.
The Raptors have several options when making their second choice in round one. Michigan State forward Miles Bridges has the size and length this squad needs. The 6'7" 18-year-old has a solid outside shot, but the size to drive the paint and make things happen at the rim.
This franchise is on the brink of winning a title and adding a big name star during free agency will help, but adding players like these youngsters will help create an identity for the team and its fans over the next decade and with some luck, the teams first title.
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