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Raptors will have to watch and wait at the NBA draft

It must be strange to be where the Raptors are going into Thursday night’s NBA draft.

For so many years, the basketball staff has had weeks to lock in on the process and try to unearth a Pascal Siakam or a Norm Powell, picks late in the first round or in the second round who become building blocks on the long journey to championship contention.

But today they find themselves in an entirely different situation, more observers than participants in the festivities.

President Masai Ujiri, general manager Bobby Webster and vice-president of player personnel Dan Tolzman are sitting on the second-to-last choice, 59th overall, in the two-round draft.