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As the NBA draft, slated to be held in New York on the 28th of June rapidly approaches, one team has seen the luck of the lottery draw turn in its favor. The Toronto Raptors with a lowly 8.8 percent chance of winning the ping-pong ball type lottery stole the front seat and stand a good chance of gaining some leverage from it. This is the first time Toronto has received the first pick overall in an NBA draft.
This winning comes in the wake of some extremely disastrous seasons, the firing of general manager Rob Babcock, and the hiring of Bryan Colangelo to replace him. It is felt that this is a step in the right direction for the team, as they have had some not so lucky bounces in the league. What is rather disappointing to the franchise however is the lack of a definitive No. 1 pick in this years draft. There really is not a lot of depth heading into June, as far as the available talent is concerned.
Some of the top candidates for the No. 1 pick include the likes of LSU forward Tyrus Thomas, Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison, and Texas centre LaMarcus Aldridge. All of which are mere underclassmen, hardly a solid line of top talents available to choose from if you are looking to turn a franchise around. There have been no conversations between the top prospects and the Raptors, at the moment. A very positive note however, is that Toronto has plenty of Cap space available for the upcoming season. This along with the lottery winning, could indeed spell a somewhat successful season for the Raptors should they make an effort to move this No. 1 pick for a seasoned roster player.
Only time will tell, as Bryan Colangelo being as successful as he has been in the past will no doubt bring some solid acquisitions to Toronto. This can only be a good thing; perhaps Toronto fans really will have something to be happy about when it comes to the NBA.