Raptors GM Ujiri hopes to get lucky second time around

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:23 PM ET

Getting the 20th pick right will be Toronto’s priority at next month’s draft, but Masai Ujiri sees his second-round selections as valuable asset, too.

The Raptors also own the seventh pick of the second round (37th overall) from a prior trade with Sacramento (for James Johnson) and the second-last pick of the draft (59th) from the Andrea Bargnani heist with the Knicks (via Oklahoma City).

The Raptors previously placed little value on second-round selections, since the success rate on these is so low (Ujiri said if you hit on 20% of them, you are doing okay; 40%, well-above average), but Ujiri stated when he arrived that acquiring and developing young talent will be one of his keys.

“It takes them some time (he said of most second-rounders), it takes them a longer route and then you can get lucky. Sometimes it’s luck, a lot of the times, maybe we can get lucky, too.”


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