Thursday, March 16, 2006

Blazer Draft Board

Below are players I feel the Blazers should look at in the upcoming draft.

Players to be considered with our lottery pick (currently #3 overall):

-Adam Morrison, Gonzaga: Premiere scoring talent in all of college basketball. Plays the three but can knock it down from anywhere on the floor on anyone. Fundamentally sound and does all the little things. Proven leader/winner. Outside game would perfectly complement the inside game of Z-Bo and allow him to take his game to a whole new level. 6'8", 220 Pounds. Morrison pretty much is the only guy we should consider at this spot, because the only other guy that will turn out to be anything in this league (it's a very weak draft), LaMarcus Aldridge, will be gone already. If he's picked before we do, then we should trade the pick for a pick in next years draft or a proven player that can help us put a winning team on the floor.

Players to be considered with Detroit's pick (currently #30 overall):

-Craig Smith, Boston College: Dominant Rebounder/Post Player in college. While undersized, would make a nice backup to Zach at the 4.

-Nick Fazekas, Nevada: Dominant rebounder/shot blocker due to his large wingspan. Amazing shooting touch out to the three point range. Same type of player as Vladimir Ramonovic, the type of player McMillan has stated in the past he would like to have available to back up at PF.

-Denham Brown, UCONN: Big, athletic, 6'5" SG with nice shooting touch, good fundamentals, ability to make clutch plays and who is very coachable. Would only consider drafting him if we package Dixon as a throw-in in a trade.

Players to be considered with our second-round pick (currently #33 overall)

-Any of the players on the Detroit list above who are still there three picks later.

-Justin Williams, Wyoming: The second coming of Theo Ratliff-beastly shot blocker/defensive player.

-Allan Ray, Villanova: Should develop into a good scoring role player, a la Juan Dixon. Again, would only consider drafting him if we get rid of Juan.

-JP Batista, Gonzaga: Beastly post player, would eventually make a good backup at PF-although he will need some development time. Would be a nice pick if we take Morrison because it would create instant chemistry between the two, since they have played (and won) together at Gonzaga.

Anyone else I left out? Think we should consider someone else? Leave them in the comments and I'll look into it...


At 4:55 PM, Blogger Ryne said...

brandon roy!!!!!

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Kumar said...

Batista is a poor man's Randolph, without any sort of jumpshot.

How about Justin Williams? Hassan Adams mabye?

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Ryne said...

bastista is soooo not a poor mans randolph, j.p is the strongest kid in the draft, he isnt selfish, and he is a better post player

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Sean said...

JP had a strong performance last night...and would be a good chemistry guy if we get Morrison. Justin Williams has been added to the board-thanks Kumar.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Kiefer said...

If Morrison isn't available, I think we should trade down for a couple of mid first round picks and take players like Brandon Roy and Rodney Carney. Hopefully Morrison is available though, because neither of these players is currently a guy who can step in and make a significant difference.

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention Denham Brown's kleptomania.

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Capt. Broccoli said...

Morrison would be a huge mistake. We already have a 6'7" shooter who can't defend, drafted this year. Morrison will not be able to create his own shot in the NBA. Aldridge is the only player worth having at the top of the draft. Brandon Roy could be a good pick 10-20 but we don't have a pick there. I say trade it unless we luck into no. 1. Mike Gansey, 6'4" 2 guard from WV might be available at 30, and is a good 2-way player.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Kumar said...

Ryne, check this out for Batista. It just screams lesser Randolph.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Sean said...

defense can be taught-hence webster...look at his defense right now and look at where it was in training camp. as long as the player is willing to learn and put in the hard work it's not too much of an issue. besides, how many nba rookies can you think of that come in and play decent defense their first year?


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