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