With the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors selected Scottie Barnes, a forward from Florida State University.
Welcome to the family, @ScottBarnes561! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/68IrCYX89D- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 30, 2021
In his lone season at Florida State, Barnes posted averages of 10.3 points, a team-high 4.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, earning ACC All-Freshman, All-ACC, ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Sixth Man of the Year.
NBA.com's Kyle Irving had Barnes ranked eighth on his big board leading into the 2021 NBA Draft.
Irving described Barnes as "a point guard in a forward's body, acting as a floor general in his one season at Florida State. He has above-average ball handling and playmaking skills for a player at his position - a true point forward in every sense of the term."
With a 27-45 record in 2020-21, the Raptors missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Kyle Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are each under contract for the foreseeable future, giving Toronto a strong foundation to continue building on.
This was only the fourth time in franchise history that the Raptors have had a top-four pick in the NBA Draft. In 2006, they selected Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick. In 1996, they selected Marcus Camby with the No. 2 pick. In 1998, they selected Antawn Jamison with the No. 4 pick, later trading him for Vince Carter. And in 2003, they selected Chris Bosh with the No. 4 pick.
The Raptors have two more picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, both of which are in the second round (Nos. 46 and 47).
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