NBA: Toronto Raptors are targeting a versatile and defensive player in the draft

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Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the team’s strategy ahead of Thursday’s draft.

The Raptors don’t have a first-round pick this year, having included him in the trade that sent point guard Goran Drafic to the San Antonio Spurs at last February’s trade deadline.

So the Raptors turned their attention to the options available for their second-round pick (33rd overall).

Webster said the Raptors are looking for a versatile, defensive-minded player with field-goal ability that would be considered a bonus.

The Raptors held 12 six-man practices in Toronto ahead of the draft. None of these players have been asked to return for another practice.

The Raptors do not intend to leave with an impact player.

“Historically, I think about 20 out of 60 players in a draft become real players,” Webster said.

Webster estimated the success rate where the Raptors draft is “three out of ten.”

Webster also declined to comment on reports that OG Anunoby would not like his role in Toronto.

The 24-year-old, who was in Toronto training at the team facility on Tuesday, averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

“We have great communication with OG…I don’t think it’s that important,” Webster played down.

The Orlando Magic hold the first overall pick in the draft.



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