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Draft History: Masai Ujiri

The 2015 NBA draft is less than a month away, and for teams that aren’t still participating in the NBA playoffs, the focus is on using that event to build toward a better future. Now that the NBA Draft lottery is complete, the speculation can truly begin as to which player each franchise will pin its hopes on for the future. Of course, having one of the top selections in any draft doesn’t guarantee that a team will snag a future All-Star. Team executives and scouts still have the difficult task of making the correct call with their picks.

With this in mind we at Hoops Rumors will be taking a look back at the draft history of the primary basketball executive for each NBA team. Their names, reputations, and possibly employment will be on the line as a result of the decisions to come on June 25th, and we’ll be examining what they’ve done in previous years in charge of a club’s front office. Note that many of them have played other sorts of roles within a team’s executive structure, but this won’t take that into account. We’ll continue onward with a look back at the calls made by Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.

Nuggets (August 2010-May 2013)

2011 Draft

  • No. 22 Overall — Kenneth Faried: 281 games, 12.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 1.1 APG. .541/.091/.654.
  • No. 26 Overall — Jordan Hamilton*: 140 games, 5.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, and 0.7 APG. .405/.366/.671.
  • No. 56 Overall — Chukwudiebere Maduabum**: No regular season NBA appearances.

*Acquired as part of three-team trade with Blazers and Mavericks along with Andre Miller and a 2014 second-rounder in exchange for Raymond Felton.

**Acquired from the Lakers in exchange for a 2013 second-rounder (Alex Oriakhi).

Players passed over or available at draft slot: Nikola Mirotic (No. 23), Reggie Jackson (No. 24), Jimmy Butler (No. 30), Chandler Parsons (No. 38), and Isaiah Thomas (No. 60).

2012 Draft

  • No. 20 Overall — Evan Fournier: 172 games, 8.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.6 APG. .437/.380/.744.
  • No. 38 Overall — Quincy Miller: 69 games, 4.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 0.5 APG. .350/.292/.706.
  • No. 50 Overall — Izzet Turkyilmaz: No regular season NBA appearances.

Players passed over or available at draft slot: Draymond Green (No. 35) and Khris Middleton (No. 39).

Raptors (May 2013-Present)

2013 Draft

  • No first-rounder. The No. 12 overall pick (Steven Adams) owned by the Thunder.
  • No second-rounder. The No. 41 overall pick (Jamaal Franklin) owned by the Grizzlies.

Players passed over or available at draft slot: Adams (No. 12), Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 15), and Rudy Gobert (No. 27).

2014 Draft

  • No. 20 Overall — Bruno Caboclo: 8 games, 1.3 PPG, 0.3 RPG, and 0.1 BPG. .333/.667/.000.
  • No. 37 Overall — DeAndre Daniels: No regular season NBA appearances.

*Traded the No. 59 overall pick (Xavier Thames) to the Nets for cash.

Players passed over or available at draft slot: Rodney Hood (No. 23), K.J. McDaniels (No. 32), and Jordan Clarkson (No. 46).

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