2023 NBA Draft grade: No. 13 pick Gradey Dick, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors’ lack of spacing has been a persistent issue for years now. Toronto has long prioritized athleticism and defensive versatility in the NBA Draft; going off-script for a player like Dick is the exact kind of flexibility Masai Ujiri and company needed to show.
Dick will immediately bolster the Raptors’ backcourt with his movement shooting. He cuts, moves, and passes well and plays selflessly within the flow of the offense. He will dominate out of two-man actions with Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes, and there’s legitimate secondary playmaking upside given his passing acumen.
The defense is a point of concern but not the glaring weakness many make it out to be. Dick is an active, aware team defender who frequently blows up passing lanes and makes plays off the ball. He can get roasted on the ball here and there, but he’s 6-foot-8 and hard to pick on.
From our NBA Draft Big Board:
"A 6-foot-8 wing who can shoot the everliving crap out of the ball, it’s not hard to see the path to NBA relevance for Gradey Dick. He’s an elite shooter with the size to compete on defense and a genuine eye for playmaking. He has an excellent sense of when to move and cut — and he’s a talented finisher in the lane relative to your typical shooting specialist. Put him next to a couple good creators at the next level and Dick has serious Star In His Role potential."