Toronto Raptors: Guard position could be priority at 2020 NBA Draft

The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to add to their talent pool in the 2020 NBA Draft but one position should get more attention.

With the 2020 NBA Draft quickly approaching, the Toronto Raptors own the 29th pick after not having one last year because of the Kawhi Leonard trade.

This year’s draft doesn’t have the undisputed top prospect that we’ve seen in the past but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity to make some worthwhile additions. Of course, Masai Ujiri and company will have numerous avenues to explore with the pick whether it’s their frontcourt or the guard position, Toronto has some clear needs.

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In 2019, Dewan Hernandez was selected with the 59th overall pick and he was a non-factor for the team which shouldn’t be surprising considering where he was picked and the team generally don’t rush their prospects. Fortunately, Hernandez was able to get some action in the NBA bubble otherwise this would have been a lengthy layoff for his development.

When it comes to where the focus should shift for the Raptors in the draft, you have to think that centre or guard will be crucial but this also depends on how the off-season goes. Marc Gasol’s departure will leave a void and if Serge Ibaka follows him, that might be an area to address.

However, to expect the player that gets picked there to step in and take the spot might be asking a lot. Instead, the Raptors should be looking at a guard that can provide some versatility especially if Fred VanVleet leaves and the Terence Davis situation continues to unravel.

There are some interesting prospects to consider although the Raptors have shown that they are willing to bring in undrafted free agents and give them opportunities. More so now, we are seeing the value of a player capable of shooting and defending the three-point line.

There will be options like Tyler Bey, Elijah Hughes, Devon Dotson and Malachi Flynn who should be available late in the first round. They should offer the versatility the Raptors will need and it should provide a building block for Nick Nurse going forward.

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What position should the Raptors look to address in the NBA Draft? Is there a player who should be selected? Let us know in the comments below.