Projected 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins is from Canada. And while accepting an award for U.S. prep player of the year, he indicated which franchise that he hopes to be drafted by, you know, eventually (next year):
After being presented with the award for being the U.S. prep athlete of the year, the Vaughan, Ont., native was asked, “If the NBA Draft was tomorrow, which team would you say is the best fit for you?”
“I would like to say the Raptors because I want to play for them,” was his response.
Breaking news: an 18-year-old from Canada wants to play for the only NBA team in Canada. But, man, reporters gotta knock that stuff off. Let the kid be a kid. The media frenzy has been a little nuts over the player whom they call "Maple Jordan" for a while, but getting questions about which NBA team is the best fit for him, when he hasn't even stepped onto a college campus yet? What, are they expecting Wiggins to give them roster breakdowns?
You have to love the answer, though. Simple, honest and yet evades any controversy.
Also, that's never going to happen.
The Raptors have Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross. The playoffs might be out of the question, but it's not impossible. The bigger problem is that the team could accidentally win 30 games without trying much. You're going to have to be really terrible to tank next year. Unless Masai Ujiri goes wild in moving the veterans in the next few weeks or the Raptors hit the absolute jackpot in the lottery, "Maple Jordan" is going to wind up an export.