Basketball

Raptors fans dazed and confused by 9th pick in NBA draft

Jakob Poeltl was drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft, which left a lot of fans shaking their heads.

Welcome to Toronto, Jakob

Jakob Poeltl poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Adam Silver: "With the ninth pick in the 2016 NBA draft the Toronto Raptors select Jakob Poeltl."

Raptors fans: "Who?"

And there was much rejoicing ...


It seems what should have been an exciting and welcoming moment, left many fans in the 6ix in shock.




Although Poeltl's name may not be as well known as top prospects Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram or Jaylen Brown, the Utah centre was reportedly pegged as a top-three pick in the 2015 draft.

However, the 7-foot-1 big man decided to play one more year of college ball. He was named Pac-12's player of the year averaging 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and shooting 66 per cent from the field during the regular season.

So maybe fans should cut Poeltl some slack. 


While some are still dazed and confused with the Raptors' decision, other fans have rolled out the welcome mat.




Toronto Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey joined the conversation and shed positive light on their selection.


And while most of Raptors nation is still trying to figure out who Poeltl is, we do know something — his favourite emoji. 


Will Poeltl "ball out" for the Toronto Raptors? Vote in our poll:


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