Looking Back Blazer Draft History 2002-2012
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/08/2012 1:52 PM

    The draft has been a mixed bag for the Blazers over the last decade. We have had some nice successes and some spectacular mistakes and some bad luck along the way.

    2002 Portland takes Qyntel Woods #21 Jason Jennings #42 Frederico Kammerichs #50
    Neither second round draft pick ever played a minute in the NBA this is sad considering Carlos Boozer went #35 and probably could have been had for those two picks. Also left on the board was Rasual Butler, Matt Barnes and Luis Scola. You do not need a star but getting nothing out of a pick is a waste. Tayshaun Prince and John Salmons were still available when Qyntel was chosen obviously Portland would have been better off taking Prince.

    2003 Portland takes Travis Outlaw #23 and Nedzad Sinanovic #54 There was not a lot of talent taken after Outlaw in this draft but Kendrick Perkins, Leandro Barbosa, and former all-star Josh Howard all went after Outlaw and all have had better careers than Outlaw. Portland gets a pass considering how late they were picking in the second round. Although Kyle Korver did go #51 in that draft and Mo Williams went #47 either could have been had for pick #54 and cash considerations.

    2004 Portland takes Sebastian Telfair #13, Sergei Monia #23 and Ha Seung-Jin #46 Portland also trades for #22 Victor Khryapa
    Jin is the first second rounder out the group so far to at least play in the NBA scoring 70 points and grabbing 67 rebounds in his career.  Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, and Jameer Nelson all went between #13 and #22 two of those have been all-stars and Smith should have been. Delonte West, Tony Allen, Kevin Martin, Beno Udrih, Anderson Varejo, and Trevor Ariza #47 were all taken after Monia. 

    2005 Portland this was year of draft day trades. Portland takes #6 Martell Webster, Linas Kleiza #27, and Ricky Sanchez #35 Portland traded the #3 pick for #6, #27 and a 2006 first rounder and #27 and #35 for #22 Jarret Jack
    Where to start on this one, obviously Portland missed out big leaving Chris Paul and Deron Williams on the board but even with the trade Portland could have made out in this draft. Andrew Bynum and Danny Granger were both selected after Martell Webster. Taken after Jack in the draft was David Lee, Monta Ellis, Brandon Bass, Ersan Ilysova, Andre Blatche, Louis Williams, and Marcin Gortat. Just imagine had Portland selected Bynum here how much that would have changed our 2007 selection. 

    2006 Portland selects Tyrus Thomas #4, Joel Freeland #30, and James White #31 Portland traded Thomas and Khryapa for Aldridge, Portland trades Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second for #7 Randy Foye pick who is then traded for #6 Brando Roy. Portland also bought Sergio Rodriguez #27 for cash. 
    This is generally considered the year Portland nailed it as they acquired two all-stars in one draft. However, this draft was not without its own problems. Aldridge and Roy were great acquisitions but Portland likely could of had Rajon Rondo #22 in exchange for any two of #27, #30 and #31.  The other pick could have been used to select Paul Millsap. Hard to be to critical on this draft considering how good they did at the top. 

    2007 Portland selects Greg Oden #1, Josh McRoberts #37, Derrick Byars #42, Taurean Green #52, and Demitris Nichols #53 Portland also traded for the rights to Rudy Fernandez #24 and #30 Petteri Koponen.
    Had Bynum been selected in 2005 Portland likely takes Durant, if Oden stays healthy this might be a draft success. As it turns out this was the worst draft in Portland history. McRoberts has more points and rebounds than Greg Oden and Durant has become all-world. Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, all went after Oden. Marc Gasol went #48, Ramon Sessions #56 and Carl Landry #31 all could have been Blazers. Same for Aaron Brooks, and Arron Afflalo instead of Rudy. 

    2008 Portland selects Brandon Rush #13, Joey Dorsey #33, Omer Asik #36, Mike Taylor #55 Portland Jerryd Bayless #11 for #13 Brandon Rush, Jarret Jack and Josh McRoberts Portland also acquired Nicolas Batum in a three way deal for #27 Darrel Arthur who was acquired for cash. Asik was traded for 3 future second round picks.
    Netting Batum for basically cash was a great move. Bayless though was a mistake we were still paying for from missing out on Deron or CP3. Players taken after Bayless include Roy Hibbert, Marreese Speights, JaVale McGee, JJ Hickson, and George Hill while Portland with 3 second rounders missed on Nikola Pevokic, DeAndre Jordan, and Goran Dragic. Batum saved this draft from being a complete waste.

    2009 Portland selects Victor Claver #22, Dante Cunningham #33, Jon Brockman #38, and Patty Mills #55
    This draft is looking like a flop. Claver is the last hope but he is not exactly dominating in Europe. Mills was an excellent pick but Portland got very little from him before releasing him. Players taken after Cunningham include DeJuan Blair, Marcus Thornton, and Danny Green. Taj Gibson also went #26 and could have been selected by Portland. Overall this draft was pretty lackluster outside of Ricky Rubio, James Harden and Blake Griffin. 

    2010 Portland selects Elliot Williams #22 and Armon Johnson #34 Porland also got #16 Luke Babbit for Martell Webster.
    Luke shot the three well last season and Armon has become a nice defender on another team. Jury still out of often injured Elliot Williams but he looks promising. Landry Fields was taken after Armon Johnson but other than him Armon appears to be the best talent at #34. Avery Bradley at #19 seems like a better trade target than Luke Babbit but these are only small issues. If Luke continues to hit open three pointers and Elliot develops this could end up in the win column. 

    2011 Portland selects Nolan Smith #21 and Jon Diebler #51 
    Jury is still out on this but I am calling it a loss. Felton was a flop in Rip City and Kenneth Faried was a monster. Missing on Isiah Thomas #60 also hurts but we have no idea what we will get if anything from Diebler. 

    The last time Portland had 2 lottery picks they nailed it will they get it right this season.  Will Portland right the ship or will be look back on this draft and wonder what could have been. 

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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/08/2012 2:54 PM

    Thanks for that depressing memory-train ride from hell....

    I'm still on the fence about the 2010 draft as well. Elliot was a great pickup, but so was Oden when he was healthy. So if Elliot doesn't get healthy, and if Luke doesn't become a larger contributor (let's face it; he really just made the loss margins smaller last season) this draft is a bust.

    A note on Diebler: I don't have the sources to prove this, but I'm pretty sure he has absolutely no contract with Portland anymore and is playing somewhere in Europe. That said, I really think he was an NBA ready 3pt specialist that we never gave a chance. If I needed a big shot at any point in the game, I'd go with Diebler over Babbitt every time.
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  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 06/08/2012 3:36 PM

    Diebler is rumored to be coming to Blazer summer league so still holding out some hope on him. 
    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Andy Blacksmith
    Andy Blacksmith
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    Posted 06/09/2012 10:47 AM

    We did what we needed to do drafting Oden. We needed a center, we already had Roy and Aldridge. Didn't need to get Durant too. Obviously, you never know how good a player is going to be. Remember, two teams passed on Michael Jordan. You couldn't know that Durant was going to skyrocket to the level that he has. Even if he did come here, he would have been second to Brandon or even third to him and LMA, and he definitely wouldn't have reached the level of play he has here. They did what they needed to do in 2010 and it didn't pan out. Can't really blame anybody from that.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 06/10/2012 9:43 PM

    The only team that passed on Jordan was Houston who took Olajawon not exactly a flop there the reason the draft is so terrible is not only did Portland lose the coin flip to start costing us Olajawon but we also missed out on Jordan, Barkley and Stockton.
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