Who should the Blazers draft?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/12/2010 11:51 AM

    Assuming Portland keeps their picks at #22 and #44, which prospects (realistically) would you like to see the team go after by either trading up a couple of spots of standing pat.

    I really want to go after either a big man, for insurance purposes, who specializes in shot blocking and rebounding of a wing player who can score at will to compliment Webster and Bayless.

    The bigs I like are:
    Hassan Whiteside- Marshall
    Definitely have to move up a few spots to snag him, but he lead the nation in blocks and has a 7-6 wingpsan.

    Larry Sanders- VCU
    Probably could fall to #22. Compared to Theo Ratliff for his weak side blocks and has a crazy 7-7 wingspan.

    Ekpe Udoh- Baylor
    May have to move up a couple slots to take him, but a great work ethic, first step, and rebounder.

    Trevor Booker- Clemson
    Undersized, like Blair and Milsap, Booker is a tenacious worker with sick athleticism. Might fall to #44.

    Jarvis Vanardo- Mississippi State
    Another one who may fall to #44, Vanardo is one of the game's best shot blockers.

    For the wings:
    Avery Bradley- Texas
    Undersized 2 guard, but has explosiveness on the offensive end like Eric Gordon & Monta Ellis. Could rise up draft boards. Currently slated to go around the 20's.

    Dominique Jones- South Florida
    Like Bradley, but 2 inches taller, better jumper, but less explosive. Also has decent handling skills. Thhink Rodney Stuckey. Should be there at #22.

    Jerome Randle- California
    4 year player who is strictly a point guard. In the mold of Aaron Brooks who can shoot out the lights as well as find the open man. Size is a concern at 5-9. Should be there at #44.

    Reference these mock draft sites to get a look at who could go where:
     NBADraft || Draft Express
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/12/2010 1:02 PM

    Again, I think were stocked with bigs now.  Dante and Jeff need minutes before we develope another rookie.
    With Nates history with rookie pg's, I would rather trade the picks out for future years, and sign a back up guard just in case the issue with Rudy isnt resolved next season.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/12/2010 1:21 PM

    With Juwan and Marcus nearing 40 as well as Greg and Joel's injured past, I would argue that we are not stocked in the frontcourt for the long-term, which is how KP likes to think. I think a team should always try to continuously keep the talent flowing in through the organization. Maybe our rookie is a beast and plays right away. With one pick, we already bolstered our team for a title run next season.
    A perfect example is last year's Hornets. They already had the best pg in the game with CP3 and a decent backup but they took Darren Collison anyways. He turns out to be a stud and now they can move him for another piece to their puzzle and his value is sky high.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/12/2010 2:17 PM

    To add to the list above, I really like Quincey Pondexter from Washington. He plays really good defense and could play either the 2 or 3. A 4 year player, he comes in right away and ready help out our bench. Also, I like James Anderson from Oklahoma State, but I'm not sure we could trade up to around 12 to nab him, but his jump shot is fluid and could contribute right away.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/14/2010 2:12 PM

    Here's a more in-depth look at my top 5 prospects for the Trail Blazers as well as some 2nd round sleepers:

    Draft Look Ahead: Version 4.0

    Now that the draft entrants are set after the May 8th withdrawal deadline has come and gone and Portland's picks are set in stone after tie-breakers were held, it is time to update the top 5 prospects the Trail Blazers should realistically be targeting. For the second straight season, Portland reached the 50 win plateau as well as being bounced from the first round of the playoffs, this time at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. As the season headed down the stretch, it became clear this squad had a few glaring needs, such as another scorer off the bench, preferably a 3-point assassin or a big, bruising power forward to relieve Aldridge. The combination of losing three separate tie-breakers for draft positioning and a late-season surge, presumably in large part to the acquisition of Camby, took the Trail Blazers further away from the lottery than I expected, forcing a huge overhaul in the entrees the team should be eying. The Trail Blazers own the 22nd and 44th picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
    1. C-Hassan Whiteside: Marshall

    2. For the next two seasons, at least, Portland is set at center, but that all rests on the shoulders of 36 year old Marcus Camby. Seeing both Oden and Przybilla go down with knee injuries this past season has made another center, for insurance purposes, a top priority. Hassan Whiteside is a Freshman eligibility wise, but due to being born in '89, he's two years older than the average Frosh. Everything physically a team would look for in a center, Whiteside attributes: height (7 ft. tall), length (7-6 wingspan), agility. Compared to our own Camby, Whiteside is an elite level shot blocker, averaging 5.4 blocks in only 26 minutes of action to go along with 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. Why then is nation's leader in blocks mocked to go late-lottery at best? Questions of a poor work ethic combined with a lack of a true offensive game, make him one of the rawest prospects in the draft. Normally in the past Portland would stay away from those red flags, but we have the culture in place to instill a strong work ethic upon him and bring him along slowly as he sits until Camby is ready to ride off into the sunset.

    3. PF-Ekpe Udoh:Baylor

    4. One of the players who improved their stock most in the NCAA Tournament was Baylor's power forward Ekpe Udoh. Although Udoh doesn't display a great offensive game, he wouldn't need to be the savior for the Trail Blazers, who are just looking for a backup 4 to spell LaMarcus. Even without a true offensive move, he still put up 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and a fifth best 3.7 blocks per game. What he lacks in traditional post-moves, he makes it up with a lightning quick first step for a person of his size (as seen by the video below), which aids him in getting to all the loose balls, and at 6-10, he loves to shot block and can do so with either hand. Udoh is the perfect fit for what the Blazers are looking for in a bench player and as shown by his progression from his two years at Michigan to where he is at now, not only does there seem to be more potential in his game but a strong work ethic is engraved in him as well.

    5. C-Larry Sanders:Virginia Commonwealth

    6. Yet another long, lanky big man makes the list, this time it's VCU's Larry Sanders. Relatively new to the game, Sanders has only been hooping for five years and accompanied by his 7-7 wingspan, it has allowed for him to become one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. Anytime a 6-10 big man has abnormally long arms, is still relatively raw in a basketball sense, and already has an instinct for blocking shots, has to be looked at with great consideration come draft time. Over the course of his Junior year, Sanders lead the 27-9 Rams in scoring, rebounding, and blocks with averages of 14.4, 9.1 and 2.6 respectively. Compared to a former Trail Blazer, Theo Ratliff, Sanders would most likely be a one-trick pony in the league, but with their starting unit set for the foreseeable future, the Blazers need to find players who can carve out a niche for themselves. Just like with Whiteside, there would be no rush in putting Sanders on the floor right away. Working on his game on a daily basis with Bill Bayno could do wonders for Larry and the Blazers could reap those rewards down the line when a center position opens up.

    7. SG-Dominique Jones:South Florida

    8. The most glaring weakness on the Trail Blazers roster is a pure scorer off the bench, something missed since Outlaw was injured, then traded. Players such as Outlaw, Crawford, Terry, and J.R. Smith all have the ability to change the complexion of a game in a split-second with their firepower off the pine. A player in Portland's draft range who could fill that void, could be South Florida's Dominique Jones. As a 6-4 shooting guard, Jones is likened to Detroit's Rodney Stuckey, with his skill set allowing him to bring the ball up the court and look for the open teammate or go into all-out attack mode. Averages of 21.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 3.6apg were impressive enough to garner 1st Team All-Big East honors in arguably the toughest conference in America. Similar to Bayless in the sense he not only plays with the same chip-on-the-shoulder mentality, but Dominique works hard in practice, busts his butt defensively, and is relentless in getting to the line, shown by his 8.5 free throw attempts per game.

    9. SG-Avery Bradley:Texas

    10. Bradley's one and only year at Texas didn't turn out exactly how he would have liked as seen by his averages 11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.1 apg, his team going from #1 to unranked, and ultimately bounced out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But there is no mistaking his talent. At 6-2, he is strictly an off-guard, not possessing enough point guard skills to run the show, but think along the lines of Eric Gordon/Monta Ellis, players who can fill it up quickly off the dribble as well as spotting up. Like our own Jerryd Bayless, his athleticism allows him to finish at the rim ferociously. Unlike those two previously mentioned, Bradley is a suffocating defender, even being singled out as the top perimeter defender in the draft. Looking at small guards doesn't mean Portland should look to replace Bayless, rather these players in particular, would compliment Bayless on both ends of the court. Defensively, either Bradley or Jones would pair with Jerryd to trap, fluster, and agitate opposing guards and on offense their shooting ability would spread the floor and allow Jerryd to operate a bit more freely.

    2nd Round Steals
    1. PG-Jerome Randle:California
    2. SF-Da'Sean Butler:West Virginia
    3. PF-Jarvis Vanardo:Mississippi State

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 05/19/2010 5:17 PM

    Quincy Pondexter

    He's reminds me of a buffed out Martell Webster.
    Great utility guy
    He can play the in the 2, 3, and 4 slots
    Big game experience by helping the DaWgs knock fools outta the tourney.

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/19/2010 5:24 PM

    At 6-6, not sure he's big enough to play power forward let alone small forward at the NBA level. I wouldn't mind him if he fell to us in the 2nd round.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 05/19/2010 5:32 PM

    Nobody thought Charles Barkley at 6-6, would have lead the NBA in points in the paint. Where there's a will, there's a way.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/20/2010 12:01 PM

    I think Barkley is the exception and not the rule. He was one of a kind and to-date, we still have not seen a player like that in the NBA. Most mocks have Q going 2nd round, so if he's there at 44, then not a problem picking him, but I think its too high of a reach to use the #22 pick on him.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/20/2010 3:40 PM

    Who would you like to get if we did acquire the #3/4 pick? Personally, Cousins scares me with his attitude and mental makeup and Favors looks really good, but he may take a while to develop.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 05/21/2010 9:12 AM

    If I had to choose, Udoh impressed me during the tournament. He was a great hussle guy and was a huge impact player for those games. If we were to trade up, I would trade up then trade out. I would rather get a higher pick then combine it in a package for someone with NBA experience. I think Portland is young enough right now especially with their three overseas assets that they have yet to get rid of. Last summer they fought the league in order to keep the rights to Koponen and Freeland. If those two don't get a shot this year, then Portland needs to get rid of them. Why fight so hard if you don't have plans to use them? Patty Mills got some playing time and actually played alright in the Golden State game. He isn't there yet, but he has all summer. I say trade out and get someone that can help put us over the top. If Pritchard wants to make a case to Paul Allen and be here next year, that is the move he needs to make.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/21/2010 10:32 AM

    Who do you suggest we trade for if we got a high lottery pick RCR?
    Udoh is going to be a beast in the league and I'd love to have him, depending on his price. If he is mocked to go around 15 the day of the draft, go for it, but I've seen him as high as 8 and that's too rich for my blood.
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