Even if the Toronto Raptors find ways to stay in the postseason chase despite the injury gods throwing them some weird bad luck, Masai Ujiri will likely set up his big board for 2023. Raptor’s mock draft time isn’t just a seasonal event, especially for this front office.
After last year’s fix for their height problem by picking Christian Koloko in the second round, the Raptors were able to try and fix their shooting problems by adding a player with a high ceiling at the perimeter. With Gary Trent Jr. potentially opting out, the Guard game will have a bounty.
It was previously predicted that the Raptors would draft Canadian high school phenom Leonard Miller, which would take time to develop. That would certainly fit with the Raptors’ drafting philosophy, which they’ve strengthened in recent years, although Ujiri could choose the college route if he wants someone with more direct pop.
A mock draft from Sports Illustrated shows the Raptors putting their first-round pick on Ohio State Warden Brice Sensabaugh, who has a body type Ujiri will like at 6-6 and 235 pounds. If he continues his hot start with the Buckeyes, he could swap his scarlet jersey for a slightly darker red in a few months.
Mock Draft Toronto Raptors: Brice Sensabaugh fits on this team.
Despite limited game time, Sensabaugh starts the season averaging 17.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He’s done 36% of his threes against underperforming competition, but everything about his game in high school suggests he’s an above-average marksman.
Think of him as an inverted OG Anunoby. While Anunoby proved himself as a dominant defender during his stint with Big Ten rivals Indiana, who was extremely raw offensively, Sensabaugh can create for himself and go to the rim with surprising skill for a player his size. Can you say “positionless”?
Despite coming in with such tempting readings, Sensabaugh is very raw on defense and will need time to adjust to professional goalscorers. He came off the bench for the Buckeyes and only played 18 minutes a game, but Scottie Barnes’ selection shows a start isn’t necessarily a requirement for Ujiri.
The Raptors aren’t in a position to get to fill a need, so they could just take the best shooter available. If that shooter is Sensabaugh, he gives Toronto a young prospect with traits the Raptors have successfully worked with in the past.