Chad Ford's First Mock Draft Has Portland Taking ...
By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, nbadraft
The NCAA season just wrapped up, the NBA regular season is still a little over a week away from ending and the NBA Draft is still a good two months off, but that doesn't mean it's too early for ESPN.com's Chad Ford to put together his first mock draft of the draft season
. Most underclassman have yet to declare and the draft lottery, held on May 21, will decide the order of selection, so Ford has to make a lot of educated guesses in his first mock, but kudos to him for trying. Ford even factored team need into his selections, which add another level of difficulty to the exercise considering no one is really sure what those needs may be come June.
But you've got to start somewhere. So with the No. 12 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft (Ford also has to assume the Trail Blazers end up with their pick), Chad Ford has the Portland Trail Blazers selecting
Analysis: McGary mania is in full swing after a terrific run in the NCAA tourney, but NBA scouts still are getting their arms around his draft stock. They've really only been scouting this Mitch McGary for about eight games. However, on the surface, it appears that McGary has a lot of promise. He's got an incredible motor, is a good athlete, has great hands, rebounds, blocks shots and has shown a midrange game. It's possible he's a one-hit wonder, but I think more and more teams believe he's the same kid that ranked as one of the top five players in the country after his junior year of high school. He could be a great replacement for J.J. Hickson should he bolt in free agency this summer.
A 20-year old freshman, McGary averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes
, eight of which he's started. As Ford notes, he's riding the wave of a successful NCAA Tournament in which he averaged 14.3 points and 11.2 rebounds in six games. ESPN.com has him ranked as the second-best power forward prospect
in this draft class behind UNLV's Anthony Bennett and notes that he's got a high motor
, but can be "overactive to the point of (being) hyper." I can think of another young big man from the middle America who fits that description ...