Were the Raptors too Impatient with Bruno Caboclo?

September 16, 2018

   He was 2 years away from being the next Kevin Durant. Then, 2 years in to his NBA career, he was 2 years away from being 2 years away from being the next Kevin Durant. Now 4 years in to his NBA career, with year 5 mere weeks away, Bruno Caboclo is still waiting to be the next Kevin Durant, and, in my mind, he's 12 years away from being 3 years away from being 8 years away from being the next KD. In other words, it'll never happen. 


   The only real reason the two were linked in the first place was due to them possessing similar physical traits. Durant, standing at somewhere between 6'9" and 7' (depending on who you ask) and a wingspan of 7'5", has something Bruno  (6'9" with a wingspan of 7'7") just doesn't have; the skills to back up his god-gifted length and athleticism. 


   The Toronto Raptors saw something in him though, causing then General Manager, Masai Ujiri, to make the decision to choose Caboclo in the first round of the NBA Draft. Ah, if only we could go back in time and warn him what a mistake it would be.


   Unfortunately for all of us, he did make that mistake, going out on a limb for Caboclo, in a talented draft class that featured such players as Rodney Hood, Clint Capela, and Nikola Jokic, all chosen behind Bruno.


   Despite being selected after him, Hood, (13.0 points and 2.0 assists per game) Capela, (10.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game) Jokic, (14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game), and more went on to have much more illustrious careers in the league than Bruno, who rarely played in the NBA, and when he did, it was in situations during which the Raptors were either up big or down bigger with little time left on the clock.


   So, I think it's safe to say, that although we respect Ujiri's willingness to experiment with his draft picks, in this case, the infamous case of Bruno Caboclo, the gamble most certainly did not pay off, with Caboclo spending the majority of his time in what was then known as the NBA D-league.


   Hence, my verdict is quite simple, and in hopefully unanimous agreement with every other Raptors fan: the Toronto Raptors were not at all impatient with Bruno Caboclo, and in fact should've dropped him sooner.


   *all stats courtesy of Wikipedia

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