Jun 25

Report: Portland To Pick Dion Waiters At #6?

By DHawes22 Posted in: 2012draft, Blazers, dionwaiters

After the conclusion of the draft lottery, the two players linked to the Trail Blazers at the sixth pick were Connnecticut center, Andre Drummond and Weber State point guard, Damian Lillard. But another name has started to creep into the mix: Dion Waiters.

The Big East's Sixth Man of the Year reportedly had a promise the day before the Chicago draft combine and shortly after shut down all interviews and workouts. Rumors swirled that either Portland, Phoenix, or Toronto had made the commitment to take the 6-4, 200 lb. shooting guard, but to date, no one has been able to crack the case. Although the team who supposedly made the promise still hasn't been revealed, there has been one franchise associated with Waiters more recently and frequently over the past week than others: The Portland Trail Blazers.

It started two weeks ago when Draft Express' Jonathan Givony said it was Waiters who had caught the eye of GM Neil Olshey.

“The Trail Blazers had a disappointing season, partially because of injuries and lackluster performance from their backcourt. Offseason acquisitions Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford both struggled to live up to expectations, while Wesley Matthews regressed after a promising sophomore season. Both of the top point guard prospects, Lillard and Kendall Marshall, will get extended looks here, but Waiters who has caught the eye of Olshey. Many teams around the league are speculating that it's Portland who actually gave Waiters a guarantee he'll be selected if he drops to No. 11, causing him to cancel his remaining workouts.”

Five days later on the 19th of June, ESPN's Chad Ford had the Trail Blazers selecting Drummond but also piggybacked on the Waiters-to-Portland bandwagon. Only Ford thought it would be at No. 6 where Waiters would be in play in contrast to Givony who said it would be at pick No. 11.

“It may come down to a three-way choice (assuming the top five are off the board) between Drummond, Damian Lillard and Dion Waiters. I hear the Blazers like all three.”

Sticking true to his guns, Ford still believes that Waiters could be unexpected pick at No. 6 when he released the latest version of his mock draft today.

The Blazers need a point guard and a big man. They'll have to make a very tough choice here between Lillard and Andre Drummond. Lillard is a steady, athletic guard who can shoot the lights out and get to the rim. Drummond is a super athletic big man who can block shots. While teams usually opt for size, the fact that Drummond is two to three years away might tip the scale toward Lillard. The Blazers, remember, aren't rebuilding, they're retooling. Dion Waiters is the sleeper pick here.

The third esteemed member of the media with the same sentiments towards Waiters going early on in the draft to Portland came from NBA.com's David Aldridge during his weekly Morning Tip roundup.

Syracuse's Dion Waiters is coming on like a freight train, with sources insistent that he'll be gone somewhere between No. 6 (Portland) and No. 8 (Toronto) after earlier rumors had Phoenix making a promise to take Waiters at 13...At six, the Blazers have needs across the board. Lillard would make an awful lot of sense here if he's not taken by Sacramento, but the Blazers, who still need to replace the retired Brandon Roy, might not be able to pass on Waiters.

So...Waiters at No. 6 is the flavor of the week. Let's add him along with Drummond and Lillard and it's a three-player race for the sixth pick and call it a day, right? Not so fast says Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler who threw another player's hat into the ring for the sixth pick.

Duke’s Austin Rivers seems to be on the players on a meteoric rise, possibly as high as #6 to Portland. Apparently new Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey believes Rivers could be a real star level guy in the NBA and the Blazers have been debating the merits of taking him with the #6 and drafting the best available center at #11. The problem is the Blazers would be passing on UCONN big man Andre Drummond who most believe will be there at #6 and might be too much of an upside talent to pass on. If Paul Allen and the and the Blazers buy-in don’t be shocked to see Rivers go #6 because there is almost no chance he’ll be there at #11 as New Orleans is said to cover him with the #10.

It just wouldn't be the week leading up to the NBA Draft without rumors, smokescreens, promises and speculation. Hang on for the ride, Rip City! Until then, get acclimated with maybe your newest Trail Blazer with these detailed video scouting reports from Swish Scout.


  1. Another monkey wrench thrown, Houston is said to have their eyes on Drummand and is willing to trade Sac for the fifth pick to be sure to get him. Of course that could set up a three way trade scenario.
    Olshay said as of now we are keeping our picks so nothing has been decided yet, plus he wouldn't tell us if it was LOL

    by Hg on 6/25/2012 3:35 PM
  2. No LILLARD ! We need a point guard dion can play two but we need a solid player we're going to play at

    by iamalainpaul on 6/25/2012 3:39 PM
  3. I am getting disgusted here. Waiters only played zone in college and did not even start for his team, he is undersized and can really only contribute by getting to the rim. Drafting him at #6 without working him out is stupid simple as that.

    by cmeese47 on 6/25/2012 4:11 PM
  4. Why would we use our top pick to draft a shooting guard..? We have plenty of shooters

    by Choong Huh on 6/25/2012 4:18 PM
  5. The only way I see the blazers passing on Lillard or Drummond with the six pick is if they feel really confident in Tyler Zellar or Meyer Leonard and..... and it is a big AND, they know Steve Nash will take the money and play his final years in Portland.

    by Trphyhuntr on 6/25/2012 4:24 PM
  6. Neil Olshey: "I got the job on a Tuesday, and by the time I landed in Chicago the next day (for the predraft camp), I had convinced an owner (to pick a prospect), a player to shut down his workouts ... I mean, I hadn't even talked to my scouts yet."

    by caseyholdahl on 6/25/2012 5:05 PM
  7. Sssssssssssmmmmmmmmmmokescreen! NEITHER of these guys r Blazer's guys. I DON'T like what I've seen from them; IF they're going to even stay in the NBA, they BOTH better get a million x's better than what is shown in these videos! Looks like Rivers @ least has more potential to b ok in the NBA. Waiters will b asked to play NBA defense v. easy zone in college; this will get him tired going against the best, faster, bigger guards AND even IF he didn't get winded from playing actual D, he's ssssoooo slow w/ his shot that he's gonna get blocked a TON !

    by Simpson on 6/25/2012 6:07 PM
  8. I thought that too, Case. But what if he had already scouted Waiters when he was a member of the Clippers front office team? That Clipps team was in the market for a 2-guard, so you never know. I am buying the fact that we do have interest in Waiters though and if he's there at 11, I think he'd be the pick. But as far as taking him at #6, I'm still holding strong to the belief that it'll be Drummond or Lillard.

    by DHawes22 on 6/25/2012 6:21 PM
  9. With the rumors the Houston is moving up to #5 in order to draft Drummond that means MKG could fall to us at #6.

    by cmeese47 on 6/25/2012 7:54 PM
  10. I really hope that Houston rumor is true and they pick up Drummond. Being able to pick up Barnes/MKG/Robinson at #6 would be the ideal scenario. NBADraft.net currently has us passing on MKG at 6 for Lillard. As much as we need a PG, I couldn't see that happening.

    by DHawes22 on 6/25/2012 9:15 PM
  11. Too many people like MKG. Have you seen his shot.......UGLY. Lots of players have great motor and play solid defense (Battier), but they are not top 15 talent in this years draft, at least Battier can shoot.

    by mbmurr1 on 6/25/2012 10:01 PM
  12. #11 is too high for Waiters.

    by mbmurr1 on 6/25/2012 10:02 PM
  13. by the looks of those videos those two can't throw a rock into the ocean why in the hell would we draft either one of them as early as #6 overall???? I would still go with either Drummond or Lillard with out #6 pick!

    by Tyl3rPDX1992 on 6/26/2012 12:02 AM
  14. I just want the draft here already!!!

    by newellbrian on 6/26/2012 12:53 AM
  15. @ mbmurr1, about MKG, YES I've seen his shot... not perfect form but NOT "ugly;" also, "too many people like MKG[?]" "Too many people like MKG" BECAUSE the guy IS A STUD AND he's GOING TO BE A STAR IN THE NBA AND MOST ppl (who KNOW basketball) see this. Ur of the minority; IF Blazers took ur advice on players, we'd go for a player w/ "potential" & no substance. MKG is 1 of the FEW for sure bets in this draft (there r lots of players that COULD b as good, good, or even PERHAPS better BUT MAJOR gambles; MKG IS NOT a gamble; he's GOT talent AND IT'S OBVIOUS + GUARANTEED he'll get EVEN better).

    Smokescreens r up... BUT let's bring (I PRAY he "falls" to us @ 6; THIS would b a steal! OR if by some crazy chance T-Rob was @ 6, pull the trigger on him! :) MKG to P-Town!

    by Simpson on 6/26/2012 6:31 AM
  16. PDX1992-

    Those aren't your typical YouTube highlight mixes where the player looks like Jordan and doesn't miss. It's a scouting report video that shows two-three games worth of performance, makes and misses, to give a more realistic outlook on the player. It's true, neither is a lights-out shooter but that's not their strengths either. Rivers is clutch while Waiters can get to the bucket at will. Drexler couldn't shoot very well coming out of college either but he made it work and with time put in the gym, both of these guys will get it down as well.

    by DHawes22 on 6/26/2012 8:35 AM
  17. Damn Simpson calm down sir let the fan boys provide their two cents without making them cry

    by cmeese47 on 6/26/2012 10:24 AM
  18. Gotcha Cory :) Hahaha! *Simpson calms down* ;) As a great man once said, "Let THEM have their Tar-Tar sauce!" LOL

    by Simpson on 6/26/2012 3:12 PM
  19. @ DHawes22, whomever we draft, I hope ur right & that holds for them; for the guy we don't... I hope ur wrong. Hahaha! ;) Go Blazers!

    by Simpson on 6/26/2012 3:14 PM
  20. Hope we dont take MKG or Dion Waiters at 6. Lillard would be the ideal choice. MKG is dosent seem to have a offensive game much. He is a competitive defender. We already have a SF that can defend in Batum. Either Lillard or Beal/Barnes/Robinson. Doubt those three will fall though. Hopefully Crawford can get Bostons 21st pick. Then draft Moultrie.
    Lillard, Leonard, and Moultrie/Melo = Best Draft since 06

    by Siccolo on 6/26/2012 5:13 PM
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