Tuesday , Sep , 11 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Suppose Toronto Raptors Passed On Rafael Araujo & Drafted Philadelphia 76er Andre Iguodala

Their careers couldn’t be more different. ‘Hoffa’ has spent his three NBA seasons glued to the Raptors and Jazz’s bench, while A.I. is a fixture on ESPN highlight reels and is on the verge of stardom in Philly …

Flashback to June, 2004. The basketball world is in New York for the NBA Draft. Commissioner Stern is buzzing around the podium, probably complaining about dress codes or some other trivial point. Steven A. Smith is preparing to take GMs to task. And faithful has gathered to harass, well, everybody.

Toronto owns the eighth overall pick. Time for a little should have, could have, and would have. Suppose the Raptors, who were then led by the infamous Rob Babcock, did something different with their selection.

Pretend the passed on …

And drafted …

We can’t go back in time. Of course, used the eighth overall pick to take little-known Rafael Araujo from Brigham Young University. , with the very next pick, drafted a raw three-man out of Arizona, .

Their careers couldn’t be more different. ‘Hoffa’ has spent his three NBA seasons glued to the Raptors and Jazz’s bench, while A.I. is a fixture on ESPN highlight reels and is on the verge of stardom in Philly.

Babcock’s blunder is worth reflecting on because the 76ers will soon reward Iguodala with a rich, multi-year extension. Araujo is currently without an NBA contract and will likely toil in Europe next season.

Believe it or not, passing on Iguodala may have been the best thing to happen to the Raptors. This error contributed to Babcock getting axed and forced the team to hire super GM Bryan Colangelo. The two-time executive of the year has Toronto on the right path.

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