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Jun 04

Chad Ford's Mock Draft 4.0 Has A New Name At No. 10 ...

By caseyholdahl

ESPN.com's Chad Ford released the fourth iteration of his 2013 NBA Mock Draft this morning, and there's a new name at No. 10 for the Trail Blazers ...
C.J. McCollum
COLLEGE: Lehigh
AGE: 21
HT: 6-3
WT: 197
POS: PG

Analysis: The Blazers would like to continue to add shooters. Enter McCollum. While he commonly gets compared to Damian Lillard, they are different players and could nicely complement each other in the backcourt. I'm also hearing Croatia's Dario Saric is a strong possibility here, too.
Ford isn't the only person who thinks McCollum would pair nicely with Lillard. In fact, Lillard himself is already on record saying he'd like to share the backcourt with McCollum.

"I really like CJ McCollum, who's also similar to me," said Lillard on Trail Blazers Courtside after the Draft Lottery. He's a four-year player, a four-year college athlete, graduated from school, he's about 6-3 and a half, he can score the ball, he can also make plays. I think somebody like him off the bench would really help our team because he can back me up as a point guard, he can come off (the bench) and score, he can play off the ball. So I think someone like him would be really good for us."

You could do a lot worse in this draft than getting a player who shares numerous similarities to the 2013 Rookie of the Year.

McCollum replaces Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at the No. 10 pick in Ford's mock draft. Ford now lists Caldwell-Pope, who worked out for the Trail Blazers on Monday, as being taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 9 pick.

4 Comments

  1. One kid who should be overlooked has Rondo like skills......
    http://youtu.be/895hxrNZH4I

    by commontongue on 6/4/2013 10:07 AM
  2. @ commontongue, thx for the link; I like that guy! :) I don't know what his stats r... but he "feels" like a Portland guy! ;)

    Every1, we NEED to get Oladipo; like I said b4, I think this guy's gonna b good & if we don't go after him now... later whoever's got him WON'T give him up. For all of those that haven't seen this Oladipo interview, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Oc5_rGNTo Love this interview; I really like his personality; different from Dame's BUT he's got that "IT Factor" too! :)

    by Simpson on 6/4/2013 3:12 PM
  3. You might have to move up to No. 2 to get Oladipo, and at that point, I don't know that the price would be worth it.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/4/2013 3:26 PM
  4. I think McCollum and Caldwell-Pope are two great scorers and realistic options, but i still feel we need to improve our backcourt. Not sure that Zeller, Olynyk, Len or Adams can impact the league for a few years. Decisions, decisions....

    by CamCripps3 on 6/4/2013 11:26 PM
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