So now we know. The Trail Blazers will have the 6th and 11th picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. It's about as good of a turnout as we could realistically expect. Sometimes it's good to be greedy, but this wasn't one of those times.
And almost as soon as the picks were released, new mock drafts from NBA pundits followed. Chad Ford, one of the foremost experts when it comes to the NBA Draft, released his fifth mock draft,
and both of Portland's picks are players he hadn't had going to Portland in his previous mocks.
At No. 6, Ford has the Trail Blazers taking UCONN big man Andre Drummond
Analysis: The Blazers need size and Drummond is huge. He's a major project, but in the right team environment, Drummond could be another Andrew Bynum.
That ought to drive some discussion. The Trail Blazers certainly need to address center, but is a project the best way to go about doing it? If the ceiling is Andrew Bynum (hopefully with a little less attitude), you'd have to take that project on.
At No. 11, Ford has Portland taking less of a project, but not as much of a need in another UConn player, Jeremy Lamb.
The Blazers really need a center or a point guard. But with Lillard off
the board, I wouldn't be surprised if they pulled the trigger on Lamb,
who could go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 13 on draft night. Portland's
scouting staff has been high on him all year and, while he wouldn't fill
a primary need, he has the talent to eventually earn a spot as the
team's starting 2-guard.
I think Nic Batum is a shooting guard, so I'm not as high on this one, but I could be convinced otherwise.
So let's hear it Trail Blazers fans. What do you want to see happen with No. 6 and No. 11? You good with taking the two UConn-ians? You have your heart set on someone else? Trade one or both? Have at it.