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Apr 09

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 ...
Mitch McGary
COLLEGE: Michigan
AGE: 20
HT: 6-10
WT: 250
POS: PF

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 ...

9 Comments

  1. Good God, Ford. Mitch said he was going back to school for another year a week ago. How about you put a little more "E" in expert?

    by Makaden on 4/9/2013 9:26 AM
  2. I'm actually intrigued by Dieng after watching him the last two games. Unassuming on offense, but incredible energy and ferocity on defense and in the rebounding category. Sound like a guy who fits the bill for our team? I think so. But I'm also really high on CJ McCollum. I think he is a clone of Dame in so many ways: small school scoring machine, injured season, high character, high BB IQ. Sounds like a great fit.

    by Makaden on 4/9/2013 9:28 AM
  3. Dieng is also a good passer (witness his leading Louisville in assists last night) and, as of this year, can hit the open 17 footer with consistency. He's currently rated as a late first rounder, but that was before the last two games. He's sure to climb up the draft board, probably landing in the ranked top 15 by June, making him a candidate for us, I think. I would much rather draft a defensive big man and spend free agent money on a scoring wing or Josh Smith, moving Batum to SG and playing Smith at SF.

    by Makaden on 4/9/2013 9:33 AM
  4. by Scott Foster on 4/9/2013 10:23 AM
  5. Problem with Dieng is he's already 23 years old. According to lots of scouts he shouldn't be a lottery pick for that specific reason.

    by Ricky Ackerman on 4/9/2013 11:21 AM
  6. I don't see that as a problem. I see that as an asset. Dame was "too old" as well, remember? I'd rather have a mature player, particularly at center, than a young/raw one. Dieng looks ready to contribute on defense right now. I'll take it.

    by Makaden on 4/9/2013 11:36 AM
  7. it would be nice if we could do a package to get a late round pick and get Dieng, need that good defence in the middle, also with out 12th pick we need a wing player who can score, i doubt Muhammad would fall that far, but maybe someone like GR3?

    by mattystars on 4/9/2013 3:43 PM
  8. Good comments fellows. I don't pay attention to college players until the draft, so all of this is news to me.

    by caseyholdahl on 4/9/2013 3:56 PM
  9. @mattystars. This is what is killing me. If Dieng DOESN'T rise up the draft boards and stays as a late 1st round pick, how sweet would it have been if we had traded JJ Hickson, say, to OKC for their (second) first rounder? Or San Antonio? Those teams could have really used JJ. What would JJ have looked like playing next to Ibaka, with Perkins benched? A freakshow that would have been. I was blue in the face arguing for this at the trade deadline on Chalk Talk and Oregon Live. Bird Rights on JJ meant nothing if you didn't intend to resign him, and it sounds very much like we are going to lose him for nothing (if his market pans out the way everyone expects). If we had gotten a late first rounder, Dieng potentially could have been had. Dieng for JJ. Would have been nice. This is really the only error I think Olshey has made since he has been here.

    by Makaden on 4/10/2013 7:23 AM
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