Former University of Kansas guard Gradey Dick was chosen by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft. He was selected as the 13th overall pick in the draft. Standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 204 pounds, Dick is known for his versatility and shooting ability. In his previous season at KU, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game while shooting over 40% from three-point range. Dick has been praised for his competitiveness and his desire to win. He believes he can contribute significantly to the Raptors’ roster. The selection of Dick makes him the 19th lottery pick and the 28th first-round pick from KU since 1989.
According to RealGM, he is expected to earn $3.8 million in 2023-24, $3.97 million in 2024-25, and $4.2 million in 2025-26. Dick expressed his excitement and gratitude for being drafted and sees it as the beginning of his NBA journey. His goal is to compete and succeed at the professional level. Despite being recognized as an excellent shooter, Dick’s defense is seen as an area for improvement.
He had workouts with several NBA teams prior to the draft, including the Pacers, Thunder, Magic, Jazz, and Mavericks. The Raptors, who struggled with three-point shooting last season, will benefit from Dick’s shooting skills. He joins Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji as recent first-round draft picks from Kansas. Dick is the highest first-round selection for coach Bill Self since Josh Jackson in 2017, who was chosen fourth overall by the Phoenix Suns.
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