Who Should Portland Pick At #21?
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 06/20/2011 1:08 PM

    Who Do You Want The Trail Blazers To Draft At #21?
    Kenneth Faried (44)
    JaJuan Johnson (0)
    Darius Morris (6)
    Josh Selby (3)
    Kyle Singler (3)
    Jeremy Tyler (2)
    Nikola Vucevic (9)
    Other (3)
    Now that the Trail Blazers have completed their pre-draft workouts and the draft taking place later on this week, its time to break down the prospects and find out who the fans want with the #21 pick. Should the Blazers go big, small or just take the best player available? Tell us who you chose to become the next Trail Blazers and why. NBA Comparison, Strength & Weakness information courtesy of NBADraft.net. Stats via ESPN.com. Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

    Kenneth Faired PF Morehead State
    6'8", 225 lbs, 21 years old
    NBA Comparison: Louis Amundson

    High energy post player who excels at doing the dirty work, in particular rebounding, defending and banging in the post ... Plays with exuberance and aggressiveness ... An above average, fluid athlete who is willing to sacrifice his body ... Huge hands help him to secure rebounds. Athletic body ... An excellent run/jump athlete with explosive leaping ability ... His long arms and explosiveness help to compensate for his lack of ideal size

    Undersized both in height (6'8) and weight (225 lbs) to play the 4 position at the NBA level ... Has to overcome the disadvantages of playing at Morehead, Kentucky in a smaller (Ohio Valley) Conference ... Scouts are less likely to give credence to standout stats against lesser opponents ... Needs to further develop his post skills. His moves are too predictable even against lesser competition

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    17.3 Points, 14.5 Rebounds, 1.1 Assists, 2.3 Blocks, 1.9 Steals, .623 Field Goal %, .577 Free-Throw %, 34.7 Minutes

    Kenneth Faried's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    JaJuan Johnson PF Purdue
    6'10", 220 lbs, 22 years old
    NBA Comparison: Maceo Boston/Hakim Warrick

    A long, tall forward with good scoring instincts ... Is a legit 6'10" in shoes with a long 7'2" wingspan ... Has very impressive leaping ability with unusual explosiveness for a big man ... Tied for having the highest maximum jump reach in the 2011 NBA Draft Combine, getting as high as 12'1.5" ... Frequent target for ally-oops and lob passes ... Very agile and mobile ... Has the speed to play the small forward position at the next level

    Lacks bulk ... Doesn't appear to have the frame that can support much more weight in the future ... Gets pushed around when trying to defend players in the post ... Offensively he prefers to play in the post, but there are questions about whether this will translate to the next level where just about every power forward will be bigger than he is

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    20.5 Points, 8.6 Rebounds, 1.0 Assists, 2.3 Blocks, 0.9 Steals, .494 Field Goal %, .809 Free-Throw %, .294 3 Point %, 35.4 Minutes

    JaJuan Johnson's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    Darius Morris PG Michigan
    6'4", 190 lbs, 20 years old
    NBA Comparison: Andre Miller

    Confident lead guard with a good amount of mismatch potential ... Excellent size for a point guard, standing 6'5.25" tall with a 6'7.5" wingspan ... Strong finishing ability due to size and body control ... Powerful first step, which is surprising considering his lack of great foot speed ... Very aggressive ... Can drive well with either hand ... Uses hesitations, spin moves and crossovers to break down his defender in isolation situations

    Doesn't possess any outstanding athletic qualities ... Not an explosive leaper ... Lacks great speed or quickness ... Lacks a great understanding of how to control transition opportunities, often attempting to force the issue despite being outnumbered ... Underdeveloped catch-and-shoot ability hurts his potential to play well without dominating the ball

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    15.0 Points, 4.0 Rebounds, 6.7 Assists, 0.1 Blocks, 1.0 Steals, .489 Field Goal %, .715 Free-Throw %, .250 3 Point %, 34.8 Minutes

    Darius Morris' Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    Josh Selby PG/SG Kansas
    6'3", 195 lbs, 20 years old
    NBA Comparison: Willie Warren/Jerryd Bayless

    Athletic combo guard with a scorer's mentality ... Has all the physical attributes that a team would look for in a lead guard ... Very athletic ... Gets off the ground very quickly ... Recorded a 42" maximum vertical leap, tied for highest at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine ... Stands a legit 6'3" in shoes and possesses a solid 6'5.25" wingspan... Strong, thick frame ... Great penetrator ... All he needs is one step on his defender to get in the paint ...Able to absorb contact and finish after the foul

    Hasn't managed to prove that he can consistently score in any way ... Outside shooting is probably his best attribute, but he even he’s still very inconsistent there and he has a poor shot-selection ... Ball-handling ability is below average for someone whose ideal position is at the point ... Shot a very regrettable 38% from inside the arc ... Has poor passing ability, even for a combo guard

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    7.9 Points, 2.2 Rebounds, 2.2 Assists, 0.1 Blocks, 0.8 Steals, .373 Field Goal %, .757 Free-Throw %, .362 3 Point %, 20.4 Minutes

    Josh Selby's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    Kyle Singler SF Duke
    6'8", 225 lbs, 21 years old
    NBA Comparison: Kiki Vandeweghe

    An experienced champion and winner at the college level, Singler has as impressive a resume’ as any prospect in this class … A 4-year starter who was an impact player at Duke as soon as he put on the uniform … At 6’9 and the 228 lb frame he has worked hard on, he has good size for the SF spot he’ll likely occupy for year to come at the NBA level … Very unselfish player who acceted and understood his role at Duke and played it beautifully

    Singler could struggle with his below average athleticism at the next level … Will struggle on D, and will have to do little things like take charges and hustle hard to not be a complete non-factor on that end … Is pretty stiff laterally, and can be blown by off the bounce, even by players with middling athleticism …Struggled particularly badly with his shot as a Sr. (32% from 3-point range)

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    16.9 Points, 6.8 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists, 0.3 Blocks, 0.9 Steals, .430 Field Goal %, .806 Free-Throw %, .321 3 Point %, 34.8 Minutes

    Kyle Singler's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    Jeremy Tyler C Toyko Apache
    6'10", 262 lbs, 20 years old
    NBA Comparison: Nazr Muhammad

    A highly touted prep big man, Tyler was considered at or ner the top of his class for a very long time …When you look at him it’s obvious why, as he looks like an NBA big man despite his age, at 6’10 260 … Moves well and shows good coordination and fluidity for a guy his size … Possesses a monster 7’5 wingspan and big hands, so he’ll be able to play larger than his height… Shows good footwork for his size … Has the raw ability to score some with both hands already …

    Although he’s got good size and athleticism, he’s not all that decisive in his moves and he will be easier for NBA posts to defend until he tightens his moves with the ball in his hands … Although he has the groundwork and foundation of his post game, he’s not polished with it yet … Settles for the jumper often…Relies on his size too much

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    9.9 Points, 6.4 Rebounds, 0.5 Assists, 0.7 Blocks, 0.5 Steals, .517 Field Goal %, .454 Free-Throw %, 15.4 Minutes

    Jeremy Tyler's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

    Nikola Vucevic C USC
    6'11", 260 lbs, 21 years old
    NBA Comparison: Wang Zhizhi/Mehmet Okur

    Possesses absolutely great size for a C prospect at 7’ 260, and a 7’4 wingspan… Vucevic is a very skilled offensive player, who can be a pretty good C in the NBA … In the post, his size and length make him a viable target for post entry passes … Will call for the ball and works to establish position with his sturdy base … Shows the ability to pull off a good amount of moves (namely a right-handed turnaround jumper, a drop step, and jump hooks with both hands) and can finish with both hands around the rim

    The main kink in Vucevic’s armor definitely revolves his lack of athleticism … Doesn’t run the floor very well and lacks any real explosiveness … Not very quick in his movements, and sometimes struggles with getting his shot off down low against the more athletic and long posts he faces at times … Definitely plays below the rim

    2010-11 Season Stats:
    17.1 Points, 10.3 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists, 1.4 Blocks, 0.5 Steals, .505 Field Goal %, .755 Free-Throw %, .349 3 Point %, 34.9 Minutes

    Nikola Vucevic's Pre-Draft Workout In Portland

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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 06/20/2011 2:46 PM

    contrary to popular thought, we should avoid picking the "best player available" (which could end up being a sg or sf who won't make an impact due to our abundance of talent at those positions), and pick the best player which suits our needs, primarily center or power forward. we may want to look at one of these guys if they're available, but we definitely should fill our needs. does Faried fit the bill? Vucevic? Tyler? maybe, but that's what we should look at.

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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 06/20/2011 5:57 PM

    I just made a thread about this same topic, with Joe Freeman saying he doesn't think we will actually use this pick to draft someone
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/21/2011 10:37 PM

    Its got to be Faried. We have longed for rebounding 4 since the millennium. I also would love Bismack Biyombo or Markieff Morris is either of those two slipped to us at 21 but of the above options listed, you take the NCAA's All-Time rebounding leader.
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  1. abarrer3
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    Posted 06/21/2011 10:40 PM

    If it's not traded then it has to be Faried, if Faried is gone then Darius Morris
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/21/2011 10:46 PM

    Posted By blazersforlife234 on 06/20/2011 5:57 PM
    I just made a thread about this same topic, with Joe Freeman saying he doesn't think we will actually use this pick to draft someone
    I saw the thread but I thought it would be interesting to see who the fans want if we do indeed stay at #21
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  1. blazersforlife234
    Posts: 347

    Posted 06/21/2011 11:33 PM

    Oh no I know that haha I posted that just to kind of make people aware. It is still indeed interesting to see what people think we should be with that pick if we do indeed keep it.
    I am a fan of winning.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/21/2011 11:52 PM

    Good lookin out! It was a good read and a good find. Freeman puts out good work.
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  1. sameer
    Posts: 9

    Posted 06/22/2011 4:06 PM

    I'd like Faried or Morris, but they're my backups to Nicola Vucevic. We need to draft legit centers, ideally 7'0" or above (I know he's 6'11"), and UCLA players have been successful making the jump quickly to the NBA level. Wouldn't mind either Faried or Morris, though.
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  1. 3Goggles
    Posts: 2

    Posted 06/22/2011 4:21 PM

    I think there are so many decent prospects in this draft, but I will say Kyle Singler would be a GREAT aspect to portland basketball. He will open the floor for wallace and even roy to make more plays he can pick up the ball inside and even out side and knock those shots down. I have watched hom play ever since i was young while he was in highschool. He improves every level he gets into. I know for a fact Kyle Singler would be an incredible aspect to Rip City.
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 06/22/2011 7:38 PM

    I like Kyle. I like the whole homegrown,Duke pedigree,local kid comes to Portland headline. He reminds me of the kid who started dating Laura Ingals on Little House on the Prairie. But... i dont think the Blazers need another Babbitt. And thats best case scenario. Worst case is Adam Morrison. He was slow in college, the NBA is a Ferrari. Theres no way he can keep up at the next level.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
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