Main as much as this 12 months’s NBA draft there was numerous speak about what the Raptors would do with the fourth choose, the franchise’s highest choice since 2006.
Wouldn’t it be standout Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, the flashier, extra well-known possibility, or intriguing point-forward Scottie Barnes, who got here off the bench for Florida State however flew a bit below the radar?
The mock draft specialists and what positive felt like the majority of the fanbase thought Toronto would choose Suggs, however in fact the staff famously zagged and didn’t choose the previous ‘Zag, Suggs, as a substitute choosing Barnes.
The previous USA Basketball teammates will meet for the primary time on Friday evening in Toronto, so it was a given that every one of this got here up once more after Raptors follow on Thursday, not that Barnes or head coach Nick Nurse wished to speak extensively about it.
“I believe it is smart that it’s a factor. It was in all probability the one spot within the draft that folks actually focussed in on,” Nurse mentioned.
“For a very long time, all people thought it will go the alternative approach, in all probability, and it went the way in which it went.”
Barnes identified that he and Suggs are literally shut, having been former teammates representing their nation.
“Me and Suggs are nice mates. He’s like a brother to me. I do know his entire household, he is aware of mine. After all we’re going to be competing on the highest stage, attempting to get the very best of one another (of their first assembly),” Barnes mentioned.“Social media’s gonna do its factor no matter what occurs (by evaluating them). They’re gonna do their factor. I don’t assume it issues to both of us. We’re each pleased for one another. We want one another the very best of luck,” Barnes mentioned. “We’re each excited. We noticed one another within the again room. We’re simply so happy with one another. Like I mentioned, we’re household. We’ve been understanding one another since I used to be like 15, 14. We simply related, bonded. We’re very pleased for one another.”
Barnes has seemed excellent for a rookie, other than 1-for-6 three-point capturing, averaging 17 factors, 8.2 rebounds and a couple of.4 assists on 54% capturing, whereas Suggs has gotten off to a slower begin, capturing simply 29% from the sector thus far. However no one is worried about Suggs, given his pedigree.