caseyholdahl

Jun 15

No Change In Ford's Newest Mock Draft

By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2011draft
The NBA Draft is a week from tomorrow, right? I only ask because as far as I can tell, few people are paying attention to next Thursday's festivities. Maybe people are still focused on the Finals or are tired of paying attention after the Finals. Maybe it's because of the perceived lack of high-end talent in this draft. Or maybe it's the uncertainty on the horizon. Heck, maybe it's because they moved the event from New York City to Secaucus, NJ.

Whatever the reason, there hasn't been much of anything to report despite the draft being eight days away. No rumors with any real legs, no prospects climbing up or falling down the mock drafts.

Case in point: Chad Ford released the fifth iteration of his 2011 mock draft, and he still has the Trail Blazers taking Kenneth Faried. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about the prospect of the team taking Faried. His penchant for hard-nosed play would be a welcomed addition. All I'm saying is that typically we'd see some fluctuations on Ford's big board. This year, crickets, at least when it comes to the Trail Blazers.

10 Comments

  1. Hope Chad Ford is right! I'd love to exit Thursday's draft with Faried as our backup PF.

    by DHawes22 on 6/15/2011 10:31 AM
  2. I know Chad Ford is wrong (at least with the Bobcats picks). The Cats have Boris Diaw, Tyrus Thomas and DJ White locked in at the power forward position already and Ford has the Bobcats using their #9 & #19 picks for the Morris twins (both of which will be PF's in the NBA). Besides, the Cats liked Faried better in draft workouts then the 2nd Morris Twin. Either way, Faried is a strong choice for PDX, hopefully that works out.

    Then again, with Cho, we could trade those picks away for 'assets', draft picks in the stronger 2012 draft.

    Any word on if Oden is "doing the things we want him to do" from the PDX front office? Decision time is coming soon.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 6/15/2011 10:51 AM
  3. Great stuff Teamship. I think Sam Amick at SI.com has the Bobcats taking Faried with no. 19, so it sounds like there's some consensus there. Taking twin power forwards would seem like an odd decision.

    As for the Oden decision, Ben Golliver at Blazersedge.com has a transcription from an interview Chad Buchanan did today, and there is discussion of Greg's situation. That interview says more than anything i could add:

    http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/6/15/2225527/blazers-acting-gm-chad-buchanan-discusses-greg-oden

    by caseyholdahl on 6/15/2011 10:56 AM
  4. I would be OK with Faried, as we can use some help at PF, although he is much of what GW is, but we can't use GW up in the first year. A banger if intelligent banger is always welcome. Which reminds me is there any chance of getting Jeff Pendergraph back?

    by Hg on 6/15/2011 12:32 PM
  5. I'm not sure that we'll be seeing Gerald much at power forward after seeing how much better he is playing small forward.

    As for Jeff, I think he's a possibility.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/15/2011 1:45 PM
  6. That is good for me, although, I can see going small with Batum, or Gerald, it would be better to have a banger on the boards with Batum or Gerald whether than a banger or Gerald or Batum. But then again we may have Jeff and Faried wouldn't be needed. Although I would prefer to have Jeff as back-up center and let LMA rest more.

    Long short, get Fareid and Pendergraph, bulk up Chris Johnson, get Greg back and our weak forward spot is wiped out. If we get Faried then Rudy might have to go to make room for him. Oops, getting to for ahead of myself.

    by Hg on 6/15/2011 2:06 PM
  7. Fareid is too small. He's only 6'7 and will get pushed around. With all of the players we have come workout for us I don't think any of them will be on this team. We just don't do things that way!

    by civilhold on 6/16/2011 2:24 AM
  8. @civilhold:
    We tried to get Milsap which was viewed by many as too small, Chad Buchanan said we usually go with best pick available, but this time we are going to draft by needs, and we need a banger type PF.

    I am sure many of the workouts are just smoke screens, and you may be right, but it isn't necessarily because we don't do things that way. Situations change, GM style changes as does system changes and updates.

    by Hg on 6/16/2011 4:49 AM
  9. 6-7 is not too small to play PF in the NBA, at least not anymore. Guys like Chuck Hayes and DeJuan Blair are examples of that. If you've got long arms and a willingness to work, you can be undersized and still make in impact inthe NBA

    by caseyholdahl on 6/16/2011 6:17 AM
  10. We want Faried..... GO BLAZERS

    by mbmurr1 on 6/16/2011 10:14 AM
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