Toronto Raptors have plenty of options after moving up to fourth pick

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Aug 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is presented his NBA coach of the year award by team president Masai Ujiri before game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The Toronto Raptors‘ future looks a lot more promising after the team moved up to the fourth overall selection in the NBA Draft.

The ping pong balls were good to the Toronto Raptors’ draft hopes as the team was able to move from the seventh pick to the fourth.

This is key for a team that is somewhere between contender and bottom of the playoff picture. Toronto is only two years removed from a Championship but fell down the standings during a nightmare 2020-21 season that saw the team ravaged by injuries, COVID-19 and having to play ‘home’ games in Tampa, FL.

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On paper, the Raptors are much better than a team that is picking fourth but they have some work to do in the offseason to get back to championship contention.

Getting a lucky break in the lottery seemed karmically correct for a team that had so much to deal with last season. What they do with that good fortune will go a long way in the direction of this core group.

Nobody is untouchable in the NBA, and the Raptors’ front office has certainly shown a willingness to make cold, calculated decisions. As currently constructed, however, it would appear that a core of Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam is the starting point moving forward.

So what does General Manager Bobby Webster and President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri do with the asset they lucked into on Tuesday night?

There are a variety of ways the front office could utilize this opportunity to improve the team. The Raptors will have a chance to draft a stud prospect, use the pick to move up or down or package it to attempt to bring in an All-Star calibre player to augment the core.

Let’s dive in to some of the myriad options that the Toronto Raptors have ahead of the July 29th NBA Draft.