Don't you see this pick as good and valuable as it's said, or it is potentially very dissapointing? Remember the pick is protected if the Raptors make playoffs for the next years. PLAYOFF TEAMS IN THE EAST LAST SEASON: 1.-Chicago -----> Without Rose until season advanced and without Asik. Still, good signings, and considering their coach and defensive structure (and the comeback of Rose by February/March), still a playoff team? 2.-Miami ---> playoff team 3.-Indiana ---> playoff team 4.-Boston ---> playoff team 5.-Atlanta ----> Lost JJ. Get back Horford. Likely a playoff team? 6.-Orlando ----> Losing DH, not a playoff team. Even with him at a very unconfortable situation, doubtful. 7.-New York ---> playoff team 8.-Philadelphia ---> have lost Brand, Lou Will, Weems; get Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Kwame. I'd say they get worse. Of these 8 teams, we have 4 safe playoff picks, plus 2 probable/likely spots in Chicago and Atlanta. Now, let's consider: - Brooklyn Nets: With Deron-JJ-Wallace-Lopez, for sure should be a playoff team. - Milwaukee: Dalembert can help at filling the hole at center after Bogut trade. Good backourt (Lamb a possible steal?), good defensive structure, maintain nucleus and coach. Definitely a contender for a playoff spot. - Toronto: the Raptors lost Bargnani last season just when he was playing -by far- the best basketball of his career. Also they welcome Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross, and a top-10 PG in Kyle Lowry. Add an overpayed Landry Fields who is anyway a player who help you win games. They are well coached, and you can expect improvements from young players like Ed Davis or DeRozan. In my opinion, they are candidates for the most improved team for next season, as well as playoff contenders. - Washington Wizards: Another clear candidate for the most improved team. Not anymore a weak team inside with Nene+Okafor. Add one of the top rookies of last class, ready to contribute right now (Beal). Also to consider: Wall could explode at any moment. Don't have headcases like Blatche and McGee anymore. I don't give playoff chances to the rest of teams. So we have: - Miami, Indiana, Boston, New York, Brooklyn, as safe playoff spots. That's 5. Then we have: - Chicago, Atlanta, Philadeplhia, who as former playoff teams deserve at the least the benefit of the doubt. With Howard being traded now or at some time along the season, personally I don't give Orlando playoff hopes. - And finally we have Milwaukee, Toronto and Washington as non-current playoff teams contenders. So in TOTAL: 5 sure spots, plus 3 reachable spots for 6 more teams. Lowry - Calderon Fields - Ross DeRozan - Kleiza Bargnani - Ed Davis Valanciunas - Amir Johnson Could this roster make the playoffs and destroy the value of that pick for whatever team owns it by then?