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May 08

Chad Ford's Mock Draft 2.0 Has Portland Taking ...

By caseyholdahl

ESPN.com's NBA Draft guru Chad Ford has released the second version of his 2013 Mock Draft. And with the 10th pick, Ford has the Portland Trail Blazers selecting ...
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
COLLEGE: Georgia
AGE: 20
HT: 6-5
WT: 190
POS: SG

Analysis: Right now, Caldwell-Pope is one of the fastest risers on NBA draft boards. He is a terrific shooter and a very good athlete. While the Blazers already have Wesley Matthews, adding Caldwell-Pope to the mix gives Portland great depth in the backcourt.
Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 43% from the field and 37% from three during his sophomore season at Georgia. ESPN.com has him ranked as the fourth best shooting guard in the draft after Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo and CJ McCollum and notes his strengths are long-range shooting and defense while listing ball handling as a weakness.

Shooting guard isn't exactly our biggest position of need but we're drafting the best player available, and if that happens to be Caldwell-Pope ...

And just a reminder that Ford had the Trail Blazers taking Michigan freshman power forward Mitch McGary who has since decided to return for his sophomore season.

What are your thoughts on Portland drafting Caldwell-Pope? Do you have your heart set on another prospect who is projected to be available at No. 10? Do you even want to keep the pick?

7 Comments

  1. I would be cool with this pick. I'd have to do more research on him, but I think either he or CJ McCollum would be great fits with Dame in the backcourt. Also, the shooting guard crop in the NBA is not well stocked at the moment and while this draft is not star studded, it does have a plethora of wings who can fill it up.

    by DHawes22 on 5/8/2013 9:08 AM
  2. Sounds like a good pick but the last thing we need is another weak ball handler. I mean Dame and Smoke Dogg (LA) have pretty sure hands with the rock, but from there it's a pretty big problem (Wes actually looks like a child when he dribbles). I agree we need a solid shooter and a guy who's reliable from three, but I don't think we should give up ball security for it.

    Of course that depends on our draft spot. If we are actually drafting that low then we may have to make some sacrifices.

    by woodytoms on 5/8/2013 9:16 AM
  3. We could certainly use more ball handlers, especially with the way teams are going to throw pressure at Lillard. But I more look to a guy like Batum to improve his handle rather than rely on a rookie anyway.

    by caseyholdahl on 5/8/2013 9:19 AM
  4. Agreed. It's rare for a 2 guard to come into the league with handles. The last one I can think of was Brandon Roy.

    by DHawes22 on 5/8/2013 9:59 AM
  5. I feel you on that one. Sure up our vets first before throwing rooks into the fire.

    by woodytoms on 5/8/2013 11:22 AM
  6. Rudy Golbert? Tough since we have Meyers, but he is just so much better on offence than defense.

    Really, after seeing the way Indy, Memphis, and Chicago are doing based on team defense, we need a strong paint presence and everyone needs to get their hands up around the rim.

    Not sure a trading the pick would really be better than developing a rookie for 2 years into a decisive role player or potential starter. It's hard to say we would really do much in the playoffs next year, or even the following year. So three years out, Aldridge may show signs of age and hopefully our young talent will really have blossomed.

    by Nicolas Johnson on 5/10/2013 1:20 PM
  7. Portland needs a big shot blocker/rebounder to clog the middle... period! Do whatever it takes to bring in a big defensive center to play some defense, preferably a player with some experience. Trade the pick and go defense this year.

    by TribeTimePDX on 5/11/2013 9:15 AM
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