Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo recently spoke at the Prime Time Sports Conference in Canada and was among the sports executives discussing how teams decide on draft picks. If you remember, and I’m sure you do, the Raptors were the team that took (and maybe reached for) Terrence Ross with the No. 8 pick, which allowed the Pistons to take Andre Drummond at No. 9 in this year’s draft. Check out these comments from Colangelo, via the Toronto Star, and try and guess who he’s talking about:
There’s a checklist: talent, physical tools, basketball IQ, how they perform, how we anticipate they’ll perform. Character. Emotional make-up. Marketability. Each component is part of the process. The toughest is what’s inside a player. You can’t see the heart, the emotional aspect of things.
Picking eighth, I passed on somebody I consider a top-five talent in the draft because we felt like he didn’t have the right mental makeup. I passed on someone we thought was a top-three physical specimen because we felt he wasn’t the right fit for our team and didn’t have the right mental makeup.
Now, Colangelo has plausible deniability I guess, because he didn’t specifically say Drummond, but we should all read between the lines. Good luck with Ross, I guess, and thanks for that philosophy.
Also, hopefully Drummond notices those comments and saves something special for Raptors games.
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