Isiah Thomas
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Isiah Thomas said he wanted to bring Kevin Garnett to the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft.

Thomas was hired as the Executive Vice President of basketball operations of the Raptors in 1994 and wanted to make Garnett the first-ever draft pick of Toronto.

“The first guy I scouted was Kevin Garnett. I wanted to make him the first pick for the Toronto Raptors franchise,” Thomas told Brandon Robinson of

Garnett was selected at No. 5, two spots before the Raptors, by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Toronto went with Arizona senior point guard Damon Stoudamire in No.7.