COMMENTARY | With the NBA Draft Lottery complete and the Portland Trail Blazers locked into the tenth overall pick, here is a breakdown of who the experts have the Blazers selecting:
- Sports Illustrated (Chris Mannix) - Alex Len
- NBA.com (Scott Howard-Cooper) - Alex Len
- CBSSports.com (Matt Moore) - Alex Len
- CBSSports.com (Jeff Goodman) - Cody Zeller
- Sporting News (Sean Deveney) - Dario Saric
- NBADraft.net - Dario Saric
- Hoopshype - Kelly Olynyk
- ESPN.com (Chad Ford) - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Draft Express - Rudy Gobert
Bench HelpThe Blazers had one of the worst benches in the league this season, so any help in that department would be a welcome addition. Looking at the experts' picks, it's hard to see a player that provides an immediate impact.
Kelly Olynyk is a gifted offensive player, but his athleticism and ability to score against NBA defenses has been questioned.
Dario Saric -- a point guard, who converted to forward after a growth spurt -- is an interesting prospect, but his lack of quickness will likely prevent him from playing on the wing in the NBA.
The VerdictLooking at the experts' picks it's hard to get excited over any of the players mentioned. There have been rumors about Portland moving up -- perhaps to select Indiana's Victor Oladipo --or trading out of the draft completely.
Given Portland's roster and the age of their core players, I would be surprised to see the Blazers keep their current pick. I would expect them to trade out of the draft, likely as part of a package for a proven big man.
Sunny Ahluwalia is a freelance writer based in the Pacific Northwest. His thoughts on the Trail Blazers can be found on portlandroundballsociety.com and on Twitter @Sunny_PRS.
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