Ford: Blazers Taking Lillard, Lamb In Newest Mock Draft
By caseyholdahl Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012
Today is the start of a three-day predraft workout marathon at the practice facility. Should be exciting. And just in time, ESPN.com's Chad Ford released the seventh iteration of his mock draft
, and he has the Trail Blazers taking some familiar names.
At No. 6, Ford has Portland selecting Weber State point guard Damian Lillard, but with a caveat ...
Analysis: If Drummond falls here, I think they take him. But if he doesn't, I'm hearing Lillard could be the man. He wowed at the draft combine and measured very similar in size and athletic ability to Derrick Rose.
While Lillard isn't nearly the same prospect as Rose, the Blazers need a point guard and Lillard has the potential to be very, very good. Taking him at No. 6 is no longer a reach. Harrison Barnes and Jeremy Lamb would also be in the mix here.
I'm just going to go on record here and say if Lillard is ANYTHING like Derek Rose, he's an absolute bank heist at No. 6.
With No. 11, Ford has the Trail Blazers taking another guard, UConn two Jeremy Lamb, but with yet another caveat ...
Analysis: If the Blazers get Lillard at No. 6, they'll be tempted to go ahead and reach for a young big like Leonard. However, this might also be a great opportunity to fill out their backcourt with another guard.
Lamb has great length for his position, is a smooth athlete and, combined with Lillard, would give the Blazers a powerful scoring punch. Don't count out Austin Rivers and Dion Waiters here, either; I hear Portland's new GM, Neil Olshey, is a fan of both.
Will one or both of these players workout for the Trail Blazers today? Tune into www.trailblazers.tv at around 1 PM and then again at 3 PM to find out. You'll find out who's here at the same time the media does.