Jalen Suggs was projected to be a High-3 choose by analysts. The man was the star of a 31-1 Gonzaga workforce as a freshman final 12 months, averaging 14 factors, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per recreation.
So, when he was accessible at No. 4, many believed the younger prospect was a simple choice. As a substitute, the Toronto Raptors shocked the world and picked up Scottie Barnes, leaving Suggs to get scooped up by Orlando at 5.
And whereas there isn’t a altering historical past, many are nonetheless questioning why, precisely, the Raptors would cross on such an enormous prospect.
A Raptors insider not too long ago shed some gentle on it in a post on Reddit:
Mainly, the person couldn’t shoot. He had the worst capturing drill out of all 1-on-0 exercises (they labored out about 10, together with Bouknight who stated he didn’t work out with us for some purpose?? Bouknight had the most effective capturing drill of all by far).
Simply was completely flat. It was so dangerous and he was so labored up about it that they known as the exercise brief and advised him to return again the subsequent day, although they already had one other man coming within the subsequent day (Jalen Johnson).
That mainly by no means occurs. Didn’t do nice on the second probability both.
Scottie killed it. Starting to finish. Nice exercise, charmed them along with his persona, shot the leather-based off the ball. They simply liked him.
I didn’t wish to say something in regards to the dangerous exercise bc I didn’t need that to get out, in case the FO was making an attempt to commerce the choose.
Brian Windhorst confirmed the rumor on his podcast:
So, it is fairly apparent why the Raptors in the end went with Scottie. Not solely did he blow them away in his exercise, however the seemingly higher participant (Suggs) could not shoot the ball.
Whether or not or not that was a fluke or an indication of deeper flaws stays to be seen, however the choice to cross on him by the Raptors will observe them for years to return.
They higher hope they made the fitting choice.