I Trust Masai. Period. Stop. That’s why I watched the first 5 picks of the draft and didn’t send a series of Tweets about how we can’t have nice things as Raptor fans.
I know that Masai and Bobby Webster know waaaaaaaayyyy more about the first four players taken in the draft than any of YOU.
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) July 30, 2021
I’ve heard nothing but great things about Scotty Barnes
Obsessive about improving
Tireless work ethic
— Ryan Hollins (@TheRyanHollins) July 30, 2021
I’d venture a guess that the average Raptor fan complaining about Scottie Barnes not only doesn’t know who he is or where he played last year. I’d venture a second guess that those same shit posting Raptor fans don’t know how to properly evaluate a college player making the jump to the NBA.
Call it a hunch.
Scottie Barnes isn’t Jalen Suggs or Evan Mobley and that’s a VERY good thing. Masai and Bobby draft players to develop based on a few different criteria not many NBA teams value and one of those things is CHARACTER.
You know the vibes
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 30, 2021
I’m not saying Jalen Suggs isn’t a good human being, but Bobby and Masai think character and attitude are just as important as NBA upside and athletic ability.
It’s called ‘The Good Human Rule’ here at DeanBlundell.com. You can be a great writer, or a podcaster with a huge following, but if you think you’re better than the people you work with or approach this job ego first, we won’t work with you. Clients too.
Masai, Bobby, and Nick Nurse want more Fred Van Vleet’s and feel like Barnes has that same thread of humility and hard work that Freddy displays on a daily basis. They value a player who doesn’t think he’s arrived. They want team-first guys, and that’s what Scottie Barnes is – with a 7-foot wingspan and FREAKISH athletic ability at both ends of the floor.
The 6’9 forward was the 6th man of the year and freshman in the ACC, leading his team in steals and blocks COMING OFF THE BENCH. He averaged over 10 pts and 4 rebounds with limited playing time and EXCELLED.
At 6.9 230 Barnes is a basketball player in a football player’s body and was arguably the best defender in the draft. Masai’s FAVE.
He’s EXACTLY the kind of player Raptors fans love to watch, so relax and just know how unqualified you are to have an opinion of the Raptors drafting Scottie Barnes, and everything will be fine.