Toronto Raptors Select Jakob Poeltl In NBA Draft

Jack Windham - Author

Jun. 25 2016, Updated 7:26 p.m. ET

With the ninth pick in the NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select Jacob Poeltl, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The 20-year-old provides the franchise with another option at the center position. At 7’1″, 240 pounds, Poeltl gives the Raptors a potential replacement for Bismack Biyombo if he leaves via free agency.

The Toronto Raptors are in quite the enviable position. Not only were they able to win 56 games and made the NBA Playoffs, but the team was also in possession of the ninth overall selection in the draft. It means that they’re able to acquire a player that could potentially make them even more equipped to compete next season.

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Many have stated that Jakob Poeltl would have gone much higher in the NBA Draft had this been a generation ago. He’s a true back to the basket center. Unfortunately for him, the National Basketball Association has leaned more towards small ball basketball.

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Jakob Poeltl is considered one of the players that is most ready to contribute immediately in the NBA. He has plenty of fundamentals. Poeltl might not be ready to be a starter in the National Basketball Association, but he can be someone that can join the rotation for the Toronto Raptors as a backup center.

According to Sports Illustrated, Jakob Poeltl is ready to help the Toronto Raptors on both offense and defense. That’s usually rare for rookies, as most of them need to improve on one side of the ball before being able to contribute on the professional level.

In modern basketball, long range shooting is something that is considered very valuable for front court players. Unfortunately for Jakob Poeltl, that’s not one of the many skills that he possesses. Poeltl is really a traditional center who is much more comfortable with scoring with his back to the basket.


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