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STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

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1995

1. DAMON STOUDAMIRE

ARIZONA (7TH); GUARD

The Raptors' first draft pick, and a good one, was the 1995-96 NBA rookie of the year and was the MVP of the rookie all-star game in 1996. However, the organization was booed by the fans at the SkyDome on draft night for not selecting Ed O'Bannon over Stoudamire.

Played less than three seasons in Toronto before being traded with Walt Williams and Carlos Rogers to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kenny Anderson, Alvin Williams, Gary Trent, two first-round draft choices, a second-round draft choice and cash on Feb.13, 1998.

Has been plagued by personal problems but has built a solid career, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 assists last season in Portland.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 200 PPG: 19.6

2. JIMMY KING

MICHIGAN (35TH); GUARD

Played 62 games, one as a starter for the Raptors during 1995-96, averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. Traded on July 24, 1996 to Dallas along with second-round draft pick for Popeye Jones, the New York Knicks' 1997 first-round draft pick and the right to switch the 1997 first-round picks with Minnesota.

Played in only two more NBA games after leaving Toronto.

Member of Michigan's Fab Five, helping team to an NCAA Tournament appearance every year, including two Final Fours. Has bounced around the minor leagues, spending last season with the Great Lakes Storm of the CBA.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 62 PPG: 4.5

1996

1. MARCUS CAMBY

MASSACHUSETTS (2ND); CENTRE/FORWARD

GM Isiah Thomas passed on the likes of Ray Allen and Shareef-Abdur Rahim to take Camby, who played two seasons for Toronto and was traded to New York on June 25, 1998 for Charles Oakley, the draft rights to Sean Marks and cash, one of the worst deals ever made by the Raptors.

Numbers have slipped since being traded to Denver by New York in 2002, but he has averaged almost a double-double throughout his eight-year career, 10.7 points and 8.40 rebounds.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 126 PPG: 13.5

1997

1. TRACY MCGRADY

MT. ZION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (9TH); GUARD

Taken at No. 9, the best selection ever by the Raptors, McGrady is a superstar. Unfortunately, the Raptors couldn't keep him and traded him to Orlando in exchange for a first-round draft pick in a sign-and-trade deal on Aug. 3, 2000. McGrady has averaged 21.4 points 4.1 assists and 6.4 rebounds.

A four-time all-star (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004), he was named to the first team twice (2001-02 and 2002-03). Traded to Houston Rockets in the off-season.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 192 PPG: 11.1

1998

1. ANTAWN JAMISON

NORTH CAROLINA (4TH); FORWARD

Jamison never played a second with the Raptors. His draft rights were traded to the Golden State Warriors for the draft rights to Vince Carter (5th pick) and cash, which turned out to be a good deal. Jamison has had a decent NBA career, although nowhere as good as Carter. Now with the Washington Wizards, he has averaged almost 20 points and 7.2 rebounds. Was presented with the NBA 6th Man Award this year.

2. TYSON WHEELER

RHODE ISLAND (47TH); GUARD

Never played in the NBA, has bounced around North American minor leagues and Europe for years, most recently with Oregon Cantu of the Italian A League.

1999

1. JONATHON BENDER

PICAYUNE HIGH SCHOOL (5TH); FORWARD

Considered by many to be one of the worst drafts in Raptors history, but GM Glen Grunwald looked like a genius by trading Bender's rights to the Indiana Pacers for forward Antonio Davis on Aug. 1, 1999. Bender has had a workmanlike career with the Pacers for the past four seasons, averaging 5.7 points and 2.20 rebounds.

2. ALEKSANDER RADEJOVIC

BARTON COUNTRY C.C. (12TH); CENTRE

A 7-foot-3 centre from Serbia-Montenegro, Radejovic wasn't a very good pick at all, especially for the first round. Played three games for the Raptors. Was traded with Kevin Willis, Garth Joseph and a draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Keon Clark, Tracy Murray and Mamadou N'diaye on Jan. 12, 2001. Has not played in the NBA since. Has bounced around the European pro leagues.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 3. PPG: 2.3

2000

1. MORRIS PETERSON

MICHIGAN STATE (21ST); FORWARD

Despite tendency to take games off and slag on defence, Mo Pete has carved a decent career, signing a three-year extension with Toronto during the off-season after almost going to New Orleans. Best coming off the bench, Peterson has averaged 11.3 points for the Raptors.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 307. PPG 11.3

2. DEEANDRE HULETT

LAS VEGAS SILVER BANDITS (IBL) (46TH); FORWARD

Never played in the NBA. Has bounced around minor leagues in North America including Greenville in the NBDL, Florida in the USBL, Las Vegas in the IBL and most recently (2004) the St. Louis Storm of the USBL.

2001

1. MICHAEL BRADLEY

VILLANOVA (17TH). FORWARD

Despite decent numbers in Toronto, Bradley was, in retrospect, a poor draft considering the Raptors could have had Zach Randolph (No. 19, Portland), Tony Parker (No. 28, San Antonio), Gilbert Arenas (No. 31 Golden State) or Mehmet Okur (No. 38, Detroit). A decent guy who won an NCAA title with Kentucky in 1998, Bradley seemed ready for a breakout season in 2003-04 but never got in coach Kevin O'Neill's good books as a result of injuries, Bradley was waived on March 12, 2004. Is now with the Orlando Magic.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 98. PPG: 3.8

2002

1. KAREEM RUSH,

MISSOURI (20TH); GUARD.

Draft rights to Rush and Tracy Murray traded right away to Los Angeles Lakers for the draft rights to Chris Jefferies (27th pick) and Lindsey Hunter. Rush, a pure shooter who can hit the three with consistency, has done a solid job for the Lakers off the bench. Jefferies and Hunter are long gone.

Jefferies seems destined for the minor leagues while Hunter is a wily veteran with the Detroit Pistons.

2003

1. CHRIS BOSH

GEORGIA TECH (4TH); FORWARD/CENTRE.

The absolute perfect No.4 selection in one of the best draft years ever. Bosh, an all-rookie centre in his first season even though he is a natural power forward, was taken behind LeBron James (Cleveland), 7-foot centre Darko Milicic (a project taken by Detroit) and NCAA hero from Syracuse Carmelo Anthony (Denver). Set franchise record for most rebounds in a rookie season with 557 and ranked first among rookies in the NBA in blocks and rebounds, second in double-doubles (13) and fifth in scoring, field goal percentage and minutes. Bosh has the makings of a NBA star, and likely will get the chance to play forward, providing either Loren Woods, Jerome Moiso or Rafael Araujo can step up at centre.

TORONTO NUMBERS:

GP: 75. PPG: 11.5

2. REMON VAN DE HARE

F.C. BARCELONA (52ND); CENTRE

Hasn't played in the NBA. Rights were traded to the Orlando Magic last January along with Mengke Bateer for Robert Archibald, who is also long gone. The 7-foot-2 Dutchman has had a good career with Barcelona of the Spanish League. Has won the national title and 2003 Euroleague crown.

Also at the 2003 draft, the rights to Matt Bonner, Florida, were acquired from Chicago (45th pick). Bonner was still with the club as of late October and the Raps are high on the former Florida forward, who averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds for Sicilia of the Italian A1 league last season.


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