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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Toronto Raptors Should Target at No. 20

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Raptors Should Target at No. 20

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Despite a first round loss in the NBA Playoffs, the Toronto Raptors have a solid foundation to build around in the backcourt with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. But in order to take that next step and actually become a team built to advance in the postseason, the Raptors need some help in the post and on the wing and they should have some intriguing options with the 20th pick.

Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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Toronto needs a breath of fresh air in the post and Adreian Payne could be that remedy. I can’t see Payne ever becoming a star, but he does bring size, rebounding and scoring from the post, which the Raptors could use. In addition to his post game, Payne could also step out and provide scoring with a jumper out to the arc.

T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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T.J Warren averaged 24.9 pints per game at N.C. State last season and was the go-to guy from the wing. That is something that is needed in Toronto and with some added development to his shot, Warren could fit right into the Raptors' offense. His perimeter defense is also something the Raptors desperately need.

Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

Jerami Grant
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Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

Jerami Grant
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Just as with T.J. Warren, Jerami Grant could provide athleticism, perimeter defense and scoring ability off the wing for the Raptors. The Raptors also need to improve on the boards and Grant is an exceptional rebounder. The biggest red flag for Grant is his shooting ability, which would need to drastically improve for the Raptors to fill the small forward void long term.

Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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The Raptors could definitely use an upgrade at power forward as well as small forward and Cleanthony Early could be that upgrade. He could provide the Raptors with another option in the post as a stretch forward, as well as assume the small forward role and provide scoring from the wing.

Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Zach LaVine
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Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Zach LaVine
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Zach LaVine is an unbelievably explosive scoring guard with the ability to catch fire from beyond the arc. The Raptors need another scoring option and to have LaVine mirroring DeRozan on the wing would help Toronto stretch the floor and have more consistent scoring. The biggest challenge will be LaVine still being available at the Raptors' pick.