Clearly, the Raptors think they know something that no one else does, because Caboclo wasn’t supposed to be picked until the second round. I don’t understand why Toronto would find it necessary to reach this far on a guy, especially in a draft this deep.
There were still plenty of good options on the board for Toronto. Most notably, Shabazz Napier, who would be a nice insurance policy if they lose Kyle Lowry in free agency. The Raptors also passed on much more proven players such as Rodney Hood, Mitch McGary and Jordan Adams.
The only bright side of this selection is the fact that it might mean that Lowry will come back to Toronto. That remains the biggest question for the Raptors offseason. I have a hard time believing Toronto would pass up on drafting a point guard if they didn’t have a good feeling about Lowry coming back.
If you want to dig for positives about this pick, then you have to start with his age and athleticism. The 6-foot-9 Brazilian is only 18 years old. He is a very raw prospect at this point, which means Toronto picked purely on potential.
That seems like a strange strategy for a team that just made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but who knows, maybe Bruno Caboclo will turn out to be the steal of the draft and everyone but the Raptors will look stupid.