War room: Portland Trail Blazers
This thread is for the upcoming Nbadraft.net user mock draft.
Everyone is welcomed to express their opinion.
OK... So we have the 6th, the 11th, the 41st & the 42nd picks.
Our biggest holes are at Center and Pointguard.
With our first pick we would be very lucky to snatch Andre Drummond if he falls to us (and that will likely hapen). There is also Damian Lillard who is very mature and a great Pg but Drummond has huge potential and Lillard might still be on the board at 11. If he is then it's a no brainer in my opinion to choose him. If he's already taken I think we go with Marshall since we can't do any trades.
I don't know if we are doing the 2nd round but if we are I think drafting another Pg and a wing would be wise.
What do you think?
Lillard at 6... he will be gone at 11 (that's for sure)... PG of the futur, underrated.
Rivers at 11 : SG of the futur (if not available : Leonard).
Machado at 40 : a pass first pg is always needed.
Sims at 41 : big man able to dish the ball...
Don't need to bring a wing : extend batum, sign former draft picks claver and freeland.
The only team I see drafting Lillard before 11 is the Hornets at 10. But after the trade they need a new Center. The Raptors might consider him at 8 but I think they'll draft a SG or a SF. So there's a possibility Lillard will be available at 11.
Reportedly the Blazers are shopping picks #6 & #11. Could they use both to trade up?
No chance lillard fall at 11...
GS could grab him (to trade him to get a proven sf), Tor could grab him to replace calderon... NO would jump on him if he were available.
The real question is : portland will draft lillard or drummond ?
Could we trade up, damn that pic fine!
Sorry, no trades are allowed. And thank you.
To me Portland really has 2 holes right now that they should try to fix at PG and C. At PG Felton is an UFA so they might lose him pretty easily. At SG they have Matthews who, though overvalued, is a decent option. At SF they have Batum who is young, good and will be retained in case of no extraordinary offer from another team. At C there is close to no one left with Camby traded.With their 1st round picks I think there are two combos the Blazers should try to do:
1) Draft a PG at 6 and a C at 11. It would be Lillard at 6 and one of Leonard or Zeller at 11. This would give them the highest rated-PG and a good C who can run the floor.
2) Draft a C at 6 and a PG at 11. This essentially means picking Drummond at 6. At 11, if Lillard is off the board which should happen, I think they should take Kendall Marshall. He would be an excellent fit with Drummond and Aldridge, being able to play the pick n' roll with both: Drummond to explode at the rim and Aldridge to space up and shoot from midrange.
Overall I personally prefer option 2. Though option 1 is the safer option, I think that Zeller doesn't complement Aldridge well.
As for the second round I'd say draft a backup big and a backup PG. Sims and Machado would be nice.
so when does it start?
HOOPSWORLD has broken down in detail the NBA Draft Obligations for 2013, listing where each team stands with their own pick and potential swaps.
The rookie was impressive in the NBA Summer League, averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds in four games. In three preseason games, Lillard is averaging 16.3 points and five assists per game.