Raptors Fans SHOCKED At Selection of Terrence Ross at #8 in 2012 NBA Draft
Toronto Raptors fans have grown accustomed to being surprised on draft day, and Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo and his staff didn’t disappoint.
At the 2012 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors once again shocked everyone by selecting Terrence Ross at number eight.
The fact that fans are shocked is not an indictment on the skill level of Ross, it’s a reaction to selecting him at eight. If the Raptors brass truly fell in love with him, fans are justifiably wondering why the Raptors didn’t trade further back in the draft to get him.
As it stands, the Raps gifted Andre Drummond, a talented big man, to their Eastern Conference rivals in Detroit. The Houston Rockets had the 12th, 16th, and 18th picks in the first round, and you have to think Ross would have been available with the 12th or 16th pick..
I don’t have any problem with Ross as a player. The video below clearly shows that this kid has hops and he can make shots. But once again, the Raptors reached for need rather than picking the best player available. Even Ross himself sounded shocked to be picked at 8. After the draft he told reporters he had no idea he would go that early.
It’s a familiar feeling for Raptors fans who have grown accustomed to being surprised on draft night. In 2008 the Raptors traded Roy Hibbert (#17) and T.J Ford for Jermaine O’Neal. In 2006 the Raps drafted Andrea Bargnani first overall, and he’s been one of the most polarizing figures in Toronto sports. “Il Mago” was taken ahead of Portland All-Star Lamarcus Aldridge whose game was considered too similar to Chris Bosh.
That would be a nice problem for them to have right now.
Going back further, in 2005 Toronto drafted Charlie Villanueva at seven, ahead of Andrew Bynum at ten. Still in the 2005 draft, the Raps selected Joey Graham 16th directly before Danny Granger went to Indiana at 17.
The 2004 draft was probably rock bottom for the Raptors. Toronto went completely off the board selecting Rafael Araujo 8th overall, directly before the Sixers picked Andre Igoudala 9th. Other notable players that followed the selection of Araujo include Andris Biedrins, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Jameer Nelson, Tony Allen, and Kevin Martin.
Sometimes it feels like the Raptors brass thinks they are smarter than everyone else. It’s the only explanation for why they make questionable draft choices. The problem is that in the past decade, their draft history is deplorable. What’s worse? This franchise has only won a single playoff round in their history.
The Raptors are in such rough shape that it probably makes Mark Jackson feel better about his situation.