Toronto Raptors 2020 NBA Draft Preview: Why Grant Riller is an ideal target

Grant Riller #1 of the Charleston Cougars. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Grant Riller #1 of the Charleston Cougars. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Charleston Cougars guard Grant Riller (1) controls the ball. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports) /

Going into the 2020 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors will have a clear need to address on the roster and Grant Riller should be a target at 29th overall.

The Toronto Raptors have the 29th pick in what is a draft that lacks superstar talent at the top, but might be somewhat intriguing in terms of finding contributors in the mid-to-late first round.

Conveniently for the Raptors, the one position this class is deep at is point guard. While point guard hasn’t been an issue for the Raptors in quite some time, the position could be one of need sooner rather than later.

Kyle Lowry isn’t getting any younger and is also in the last year of his current deal, while Fred VanVleet is a current UFA and arguably the top guard in the 2020 free agent class. The Raptors will be up against multiple bidders which will more than likely force the team to move on from VanVleet if the bidding war for him gets out of control.

Leaving that max slot open for a superstar sure to be available in the 2021 off-season remains an important factor for Toronto to consider when making their decisions on Lowry and VanVleet. Either way, whether it’s the threat of Lowry/VanVleet leaving (or both) that leaves the Raptors with a need for a point guard (or combo guard) of the future.

While there are multiple directions you can go here, I’m sold on one guy in particular who can play and guard both spots in the backcourt, Grant Riller.

Here is what you need to know about the six-foot-three, 190-pound Charleston guard.