Jun 25

A New Guard At No. 10 In Chad Ford's Mock Draft

By caseyholdahl

We're just days away from the 2013 NBA Draft and there's still plenty of movement in Chad Ford's most recent mock draft. After having Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum going to Portland in his previous mock drafts, Ford has the Trail Blazers taking a different guard this time around ...
Michael Carter-Williams
Portland Trail Blazers
COLLEGE: Syracuse
AGE: 21
HT: 6-6
WT: 184

Analysis: The Blazers drafted a point guard last year, but they wouldn't hesitate to do it again if Carter-Williams slides. They'd prefer McCollum or Caldwell-Pope, but Carter-Williams would do. He has great size for his position, which should allow the Blazers to play both him and Lillard on the floor together. Zeller and Steven Adams are also possibilities here.
Sounds like Ford is putting Carter-Williams here simply because both McCollum and Caldwell-Pope off the board by No. 10. And while I'm sure they could do much worse than Carter-Williams, drafting a guard who can't shoot to pair with a guard who is already drawing the full attention of opposing defenses isn't ideal, at least in the short term. If Carter-Williams can improve his jumper, which can be done, to go along with his size and athleticism, he could end up being an absolute gem at No. 10.

Ford also extended his newest mock draft all the way through the second round. He's got Portland selecting Arizona's outside shooting power forward Grant Jerrett, who worked out for the Trail Blazers early in the pre-draft process, with the No. 39 pick. After that, he's got Portland taking two Europeans, Nemanja Nedovic and Livio Jean-Charles, with the No. 40 and No. 45 picks, respectively. Ford says those players would end up staying for at least another season on their current teams. I think it's much more likely that one or more of those second round picks are traded.


  1. If we draft Carter-Williams it would have to be a part of a trade... Perhaps with a team with point guard problems... Perhaps for a Polish center...

    by ajvandy on 6/25/2013 10:06 AM
  2. Would be interesting if PHX took a chance on another PG who can't shoot.

    by caseyholdahl on 6/25/2013 10:17 AM
  3. The real question I would have for Chad Ford is: is Carter-Williams a step above Maynor? Because if he isn't then this pick would have to be made for someone else - not necessarily Phoenix.

    by ajvandy on 6/25/2013 10:45 AM
  4. If we feel like Maynor's price tag may be too costly, I'd rather look for his backup in free agency or use one of our three second-round picks on a PG (Nate Wolters is my guy).

    by DHawes22 on 6/25/2013 2:48 PM
  5. @ajvandy Carter-Williams is light years ahead of Maynor at this point. He's 6'6" with elite athleticism and floor vision. Maynor has never been that level of athlete or prospect, even pre-injury

    by Brett Fish on 6/25/2013 2:50 PM
  6. I usually really like Chad Ford but this was just a lazy slotting. He's had us taking McCollum or KCP in every mock up until now, and since he had McCollum going ahead of us to Sac in this one he just handed us MCW instead. I don't see us taking him over Zeller unless we're drafting for someone else.

    However I do like the Grant Jerrett pick in the 2nd round, although I'd rather have Carmichael or Mbakwe instead of the Euro he has slotted for us there.

    by Brett Fish on 6/25/2013 2:54 PM
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