Poll: Who Should The Trail Blazers Draft At #22?
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/16/2010 12:50 PM

    Who Should The Trail Blazers Draft At #22?
    Solomon Alabi (0)
    James Anderson (0)
    Eric Bledsoe (2)
    Avery Bradley (1)
    Damion James (0)
    Dominique Jones (1)
    Gani Lawal (0)
    Quincy Pondexter (3)
    Larry Sanders (4)
    Kevin Seraphin (0)
    Other (Please Specify Below) (3)
    Hassan Whiteside (2)
    Solomon Alabi Draft Express Profile 7-1, 251 lbs, Center, Florida State

    Strengths: The biggest strength Alabi has going for him are his physical tools ... 7'1, long and athletic, Alabi is the ideal protector of the rim that teams dream of having in regards to clogging the lane and preventing penetration ... Unlike most 7-footers, Alabi can adjust, position himself, use his immense wingspan and jump better than most centers his size

    Alabi  will have to bulk up, as GMs and coaches worry after seeing an unproductive rookie year from #2 pick Hasheem Thabeet ... Similar recent African first round centers such as Saer Sene and Thabeet remain on NBA team's minds ... Foot speed and reaction time are not at a high level Continue Reading>>>

    James Anderson
    Draft Express Profile 6-6, 195 lbs, Shooting Guard, Oklahoma State

    Prolific scoring swingman in a wiry 6-6 frame ... Highly efficient offensive game (46% FG for his college career) ... Lights out shooter with textbook form and high release ... Possesses boundless range with no deterioration in accuracy from distance (38.4%) ... Has no conscious, even in the face of repeated misses

    Lack of ball handling skills really constricts his game ... He is not comfortable creating offense for himself or teammates ... Appears hesitant with the ball in his hands with a lack of ingenuity ... Despite his athletic gifts, does not look "smooth" when forced to make a basketball move Continue Reading>>>

    Eric Bledsoe
    Draft Express Profile 6-1, 190 lbs, Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Kentucky

    Freshman point guard blessed with rare athletic gifts ... Combines great length with tremendous explosiveness ... Has a lightning quick first step that makes him almost impossible to stay in front of ... Makes his moves very decisively and changes direction abruptly without losing stride ... His speed with the rock, especially in the open court, is remarkable

    Turnovers have been a problem at 3 per game ... Decision making has been questionable at times, as he tends to continually play on fast forward- this can be partially attributed to the chaotic style Kentucky plays ... Goes through phases where he has tunnel vision towards the basket, dribbling with his head down and not paying any attention to the defensive alignment ... Continue Reading>>>

    Avery Bradley
    Draft Express Profile 6-3, 180 lbs, Shooting Guard, Texas

    An athletic guard with excellent explosiveness, Bradley has a long wingspan which helps make up for his lack of height for a shooting guard (6'3 in sneakers) ... Bradley's biggest asset offensively is his ability to shoot from the outside ... He can hit from a catch and shoot position, and looks beyond comfortable pulling up off the dribble

    An undersized shooting guard, Bradley's biggest obstacle will be his inability to make plays for others ... When he puts the ball on the floor, it's almost a guarantee that he is looking for his own offense, as he lacks the vision, playmaking ability and awareness to find his teammates for a better scoring opportunity Continue Reading>>>

    Damion James
    Draft Express Profile 6-7, 225 lbs, Small Forward, Texas

    Well-built forward oozing with athleticism and agility ... Exhibits superb fluidity of movement, running the floor like a guard (3.09 sprint at pre-draft combine) and quick to the basketball. Has been a rebounding machine since the moment he took the court for Texas ... Possesses a 37 inch vertical leap, 7 foot wingspan and pursues every board relentlessly ...

    Lacks a clearly defined position at the next level, but is so talented he is a "player" and will find a role regardless ... Ball handling needs further development. Appears very insecure when putting the ball on the deck. Rarely attacks all the way to the cup when being guarded. Dribbles with his head down ... Continue Reading>>>

    Dominique Jones
    Draft Express Profile 6-4, 205 lbs, Shooting Guard, South Florida

    Powerfully built combo guard with a polished offensive game ... An instant offense type of player who is capable of big scoring outbursts ... Has developed into a mature, polished guard with a good grasp of the game ... Strong leader who has gained a lot of confidence in his game and plays with a swagger ...

    A tweener lacking a true NBA position but shows the ability to play either guard spot and appears destined to settle into the 2G spot ... Lack of size limits his potential to a degree ... Struggled to play up to his ability before his junior year ... Continue Reading>>>

    Gani Lawal
    Draft Express Profile 6-8, 233 lbs, Power Forward/Center, Georgia Tech

    A strong, athletic and lengthy 6'9 forward (in shoes), Lawal has been able to use his physical tools to gain the advantage over whoever guards him ... He spends the majority of his time in the post, where he is capable of making short turnaround jumpers, and finishing strong around the basket ...

    Lawal is just a little too raw offensively, as he doesnt show you a variety of ways to score... his faceup game and outsidese jumper will both need to improve if he wants to play real consistent minutes at the next level, as he won't be able to use his body in the pro's the same way he uses it in college... Continue Reading>>>

    Quincy Pondexter
    Draft Express Profile 6-6, 220 lbs, Small Forward, Washington

    Wing player with good athleticism, a long wingspan and wiry strength … He has put the pieces together in his senior season and has lived up to the potential that he flashed early in his career … He shows a good motor and has a strong work ethic, looking to out-hustle and outwork his opponents at every opportunity …

    Does not have a very polished skill set on the perimeter … He is much more comfortable operating from the mid-post area where he can face up and attack out of the triple threat, rather than sizing up his defender at the top and taking him off the dribble … Not a great ball handler and he doesn’t have a reliable secondary move that would allow him to continue his drive when he gets cut off … Continue Reading>>>

    Larry Sanders
    Draft Express Profile 6-9, 205 lbs, Power Forward/Center, Virginia Commonwealth

    A long, athletic and explosive 6'10 forward, Sanders has become more efficient offensively each year at VCU ... His explosiveness and length help Sanders to be an excellent rebounder ... He crashes the boards and goes for rebounds at the highest point possible thanks to impressive leaping abilities ...

    He lacks an array of basketball moves in the post, and against bigger and stronger forwards and centers at the next level, he will have difficulty earning position down low ... Facing up and attacking the rim is not currently in his repertoire, and he has a long ways to go in terms of developing a consistent jump shot Continue Reading>>>

    Kevin Seraphin
    Draft Express Profile 6-9, 258 lbs, Center, France

    Strengths: N/A

    Weaknesses: N/A

    Hassan Whiteside
    Draft Express Profile 7-0, 235 lbs, Center, Marshall

    A legit 7-footer with excellent size, strength and potential ... Has good agility and run/jump athleticism ... Very intriguing combination of physical attributes (7-feet and 230 lbs with a 7-6 wingspan) and an explosive athlete ... Imposing defensive presence due to his length and leaping ability ...

    Still a work in progress offensively. At times looks awkward in the post but appears to be gaining confidence ... He's born in 1989, so he's nearly 2 years older than the average freshman. But his upside is unmistakable ... Needs to work on his free throw shooting (currently shooting below 40%) ... Continue Reading>>>

    *All Strength & Weakness Reports are via NBADraft.Net
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  1. Kropf
    Posts: 20

    Posted 06/16/2010 1:21 PM

    hmm alabi would be a good fit, but it does make you thin about thabeet and others.
    my vote is on hassan whiteside. who better to mentor a marcus camby clone than marcus camby?
    I am a fan of proving those damn ESPN analysts wrong next year..
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/16/2010 1:32 PM

    Hassan Whiteside is tops on my list as well, but I just don't see him slipping down to #22. I know he has work ethic/character issues, but the size and potential will be too much for a team like the Wolves, Rockets, or Hornets too pass on.

    I haven't made up my mind yet. I am a best player available person, so it's between Dominique Jones, Larry Sanders, Avery Bradley and James Anderson.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 06/16/2010 4:15 PM

    Larry Sanders. We need a shot blocking big in the worst way once Camby retires in two years. A Oden/Sanders center combo in a couple of years could be the best in the NBA and suffocating defensively!
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  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 06/16/2010 5:49 PM

    My belief is that we will neither be picking at 22, nor be picking for a future Blazer.  That being said, should the bottom fall thru for KP and we DO pick 22nd, and for ourselves, I am in full agreement with ClydeFrog.  I am impressed with both Sanders and Ty Lawson Jr (Jones).  Either with be logical for the current roster
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/16/2010 6:17 PM

    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/16/2010 7:10 PM

    After seeing a few mocks with Whiteside falling around the late teens and early 20's, I've decided to add him to the list. He is my pick. He is very raw and may be immature, but we have a great culture set up and in place to take a rick on a high-potential player. He should be ready to contribute once Camby is reading to ride off into the sunset. Oden/Camby would be a great mentor for him.
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  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 06/17/2010 9:02 AM

    Can I vote for anybody but Quincy Pondexter? If so, that's my vote. I like the IDEA of both Alabi and Whiteside, but I'm afraid the idea and the reality are to far apart.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 06/17/2010 2:59 PM

    The players I don't want on that list for us to draft are:

    Solomon Alabi- Too raw on offense, not enough of a beast on defense to make up for it. The Sear Sene comparisons scare me

    Quincy Pondexter- 6-6 is too dang small for a small forward in today's NBA. He doesn't do anything that tells me he'll be able to find his way into the NBA doing something one way or another.

    Damion James- There's something about him. I just can't put my finger on it, but I think he'll bust in the NBA. Can't put the ball on the floor and is more suited to be a PF than a SF, but that won't happen at 6-7.

    Gani Lawal- Simply because I think Pendergraph and Cunningham are better prospects. Nothing against the guy.
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