Take a look at the picture above and you will see that something that's missing. It's pretty glaring once you realize. There is no photo of the drafted player. And that sums up perfectly the Toronto Raptors 20th overall pick Bruno Caboclo. Not even the NBA knew who he was!
This could be an incredible steal from Masai Ujiri, it's just a shame that we won't know for about 4 years or so, that's how long it will take for him to get NBA ready according to Fran Fraschilla. Adam Silver had no idea how to pronounce Caboclo and we all have no idea who he is or what he's about. So here's a bit of info...
The 'Brazilian Kevin Durant' - as he is apparently known, who christened him it is anyone's guess right about now - is an incredible physical specimen. The 6 foot 9 inch tall forward weighs 200 pounds and has an incredible wingspan that reaches a whopping 7 ft 7 inches from finger to finger.
That's insanely long and automatically leads to the notion that he would be more than a handful to get past on the perimeter and inside the paint. The boy certainly has the desirable measurables. And then you can add the athleticism. There's not many clips of Caboclo but from what he do have you can see how well he moves around the court for a guy his size as well as how easy he elevates to slam it down.
Oh and he's still only 18 years old, the youngest player in the draft by some distance.
He played 16 games last year, scoring 4.9 points and grabbing 3.1 rebounds per game. He also has a history with the Basketball Without Borders program, to which Ujiri has ties. Naturally, one of Caboclo’s teammates with Pinheiros was Rafael Araujo, which should delight Raptors fans. Araujo being another Brazilian that Toronto took a gamble on and dramatically flopped in the league.
“Bruno is an athletic phenomenon,” head coach Dwayne Casey said. “At 20, you’re not going to get a perfect player, but this young man has a chance to hit it big. He’s raw. But he’s going to be a guy that is going to develop in our program, grow and do a lot of things for us. Defensively, he’s long. He covers a lot of ground down in a stance. He blocks shots with his length.”
Whether it works out for Caboclo or not in the league it remains to be seen. And will the Raptors be made to look foolish by a guy they passed over who turns into a star in the NBA. We'll just have to wait a few years. Finding a picture of him would be a good start.