Gradey Dick is a lanky, lean sharpshooter with an incredibly high basketball IQ and an exceptional size for the wing position. Dick is a knockdown shooter who commands the defense’s attention.
He exhibits an outstanding stroke behind the arc, making him one of the best shooters in the nation. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors, who had a team that finished 28th in the NBA in three-point shooting last year.
Gradey Dick is grateful to have joined the Raptors
Aside from the charisma Dick, a Sunrise Christian Academy alum, exudes, the Kansas rookie believes he “hit the jackpot” when the Raptors chose him. Dick expressed his excitement for this new phase of his profession by praising Toronto’s lovely atmosphere and the sincere nature of its citizens.
The 2019 standout Pascal Siakam may be traded by the squad soon. Talen Horton-Tucker, Gary Trent Jr., and other potential free agents are just a few. The squad chose Gradey Dick of the Kansas Jayhawks, a product of Bill Self, in an effort to address the need for stronger outside shooting.
"I think I hit the jackpot."
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College coaches are intrigued by his desire to succeed and his potential as a spot-up shooter. He has a strong chance to contribute offensively right away for a high major program according to his skill set. Just a few years after winning the NBA championship in 2019, the Raptors finished ninth in the East.
Since then, center Marc Gasol retired, superstar Kawhi Leonard left for Los Angeles, and the team’s championship core started to break apart in many places.
Raptors choose Dick 13th in the 2023 NBA Draft
The Raptors should expect a soothing influence from head coach Darko Rajakovic. He had a significant role in the growth of young players in Memphis, where the Grizzlies have gone on numerous thrilling playoff runs. Dick, a skilled shooter, was selected 13th overall in the 2023 NBA Draft.
The one-time Jayhawks stalwart and nationwide champ, with a 6-foot-9 wingspan and height 6-foot-5 forward, has been deemed “The Most Interesting Rookie” in the association. In addition to Dick, the Raptors have a variety of free-agent choices to complete their squad in 2023.
The team’s ultimate free-agent marks include Fred VanVleet, D’Angelo Russell, and Donte DiVincenzo, among others. Under the leadership of their new head coach, the Raptors intend to build a competitive roster, which might be a good atmosphere for Gradey Dick and his professional growth.