- 06/26/2012, 12:20AM ET
Hey Hey Hey...It's Fat Albert said 06/26, 12:20 AM
Assuming the top 5 picks are (as most mocks have) Davis, Beal, Robinson, Barnes and Kid-Gilcrest, who does Portland take at number 6?
I say the Blazers take Damian Lillard, the PG out of Weber State. He has ideal size for a PG, something the Blazers need since Felton and Flynn are free agents. While he is a scoring first PG right now, he is very good at it. He is able to get in the paint easily and is a solid finisher around the rim. From the charity strip he is better than almost all pro level players at 88.2%. Also, as a 43.2% three point shooter, he can help stretch the defense to help Aldridge inside. He is also a good passer which along with his very good driving ability, should give Matthews plenty of good looks.
The PG position has changed over the years and Lillard fits the new role perfectly and would also be a perfect fit for the Blazers.
harrisplz said 06/26, 12:28 PM
Every year, some NBA team takes an inordinate amount of risk on a freakishly athletic big man, hoping that he is the next Dwight Howard.
This year, its the Portland Trailblazers.
NBA scouts drool over athletic big men who can run the court and jump over buildings.
Take a look a Andre Drummond.
For the last year, scouts have been just emphasizing his potential and his athletic physique. He is easily said to be the second most talented player in the draft behind Anthony Davis.
I say Portland takes a chance on this guy.
Portland needs to fill up the Center slot anyways. Camby is gone, or at least he wont be of any use at his age next season. They could use some beef next to Aldridge who isn't really an inside presence.
Plus, everyone knows that the PG's in this draft are weak weak weak.
The only reason Lillard ever shot up this high in people's rankings was because he's the best PG available in this draft; that doesn't necessarily merit that he is worth the 6th pick in the draft.
Every year, one or two NBA teams always takes a talented, yet raw big man with hopes that he turns out to be the next Dwight. This year, its Portland.
Hey Hey Hey...It's Fat Albert said 06/26, 09:07 PM
There are many reasons to take Lillard over Drummond. Lillard can step in right now and play. Drummond will need time to improve. I see Drummond as DeAndre Jordan type player at best since big men bust more when the main words to use for him is potential and questionable drive. This means it will take him a few years to develop if he ever does.
Lillard will not be there at the 11th pick were a big man like Arnett Moultrie should be around which would give them the best PG and one of the top big men in the draft. Another option is to select Hanson at 11 if you want the potential type big man. The Blazers could also take two guards at picks #6 and #11 since the Blazers only have 2 guards under contract right now. You could also trade the the 11th pick for a known player like Paul Milsap or another player. The potential type players should be taken with the 3rd and 4th picks of the draft, not the top pick. Whomever they take later in the draft, it all starts with taking the best payer to step in right now and help them, Lillard.
harrisplz said 06/27, 12:16 AM
See you're not getting it.
I never disagreed with the fact that drafting Lillard might be a better idea than drafting Drummond.
See but the thing is, NBA scouts just can't help themselves. Year after year, draft after draft, you see teams reaching for athletic big men that seem to have potential.
I actually completely agree with your idea of why Portland should take Lillard. The Blazers need a PG and he actually might be a good fit.
But remember what Portland did with Greg Oden? Yeah, they're going to draft Drummond with the same idea- HE MIGHT BE THE NEXT DWIGHT.
And Andre Jordan and Drummond did not come out of college in similar situations at all. They might be players of the same caliber, but Drummond is so much more hyped. Before he went to UConn, even after he had mediocre season at UConn, people are stilling dying for his freakish athleticism.
Portland takes a risk on this guy. They should'nt like you're saying, but its going to happen.
You can't just tell me Lillard is better so Portland is going to take Lillard- that just isn't how the NBA draft works.
Hey Hey Hey...It's Fat Albert said 06/27, 01:49 AM
The Blazers this month just signed a new GM, Neil Oshley, who was the GM who traded for Chris Paul at his prior team, the Clippers. He knows you need a PG to run the team.
Since the Blazers have 2 lottery picks they will gamble on a big man with the second pick. At that pick there will be plenty of high potential big men like Drummond, who have no offensive game at all. He may fall to to them with there 2nd pick even if he does not there is plenty of big men to choose from like Hanson, Leonard, Moultrie, and Melo or even maybe PFs like White or Sulliger.
The Oden pick still haunts the team and they learned you take the best player. Image if they took Durant instead, where would they be now? Besides, with the one year of college now a rule, taking players on talent alone is not as wide spread as when high schoolers were allowed to jump to the NBA.
Who is comparing Drummond to Howard? That would be Davis. Drummond is not a can't miss, he is far from it and a player with attitude issues is not what the Blazers want, remember the Jail Blazers?
The Blazers with Lillard and a big man at #11 would be better than Drummond and the #11 pick and Oshley knows it.
harrisplz said 06/27, 02:41 PM
Oh Yeah the Oden pick still haunts them. It's all the more reason why they would want to pick up a solid big man this coming draft.
I like you're logic: take Lillard early and pick up a solid big at the end of the draft. Its a draft full of talented big men right?
Even though this draft is hyped to be full of talented "big men," there are only two dominant Center prospects. Tyler Zeller has too low of a ceiling and every other center just isnt anywhere near talented.
Hence, I think they do exactly OPPOSITE of what you think they're going to do. I say they take Drummond early, and bank on picking up actually my favorite PG in the draft- Kendall Marshall.
Some people think that Marshall out of UNC is actually the best PG in the draft. He's a classic PG, one that can pass on the run and spreads the floor with shooting. He's one hell of a passer from what I've read and heard.
Also, where in the world does it say that Drummond has an atittude issue? I think scouts are more worried about this raw skils and lack of fundamentals. But he's just a physical specimen . You can't teach a guy to be big and tall. Scouts bite for this kind of stuff.
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