Should Trail Blazers Target Guards in the NBA Draft?

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It's sounding more and more likely that the Portland Trail Blazers will opt to use their two lottery picks in Thursday's NBA Draft on their most glaring need: guards.

Point guards, in particular.

Some mock drafts still have the Blazers selecting Connecticut center Andre Drummond at No. 6 overall, and it wouldn't surprise me if Portland went that route, since center is another major need for the team.

But the buzz around Rip City -- for now -- is that Weber State point guard Damien Lillard is Portland's best bet at No. 6, with a number of other possibilities -- including North Carolina PG Kendall Marshall, Syracuse SG Dion Walters, Duke SG Austin Rivers -- being thrown around for that No. 11 pick.

Portland still has plenty of cap space to spend this summer, and with two lottery picks, the Blazers have options, and they've been known to pull draft-day trades in recent years.

The popular line for owner Paul Allen and his staff is that the Blazers -- who finished a disappointing 28-38 this past season -- are planning to reload, not rebuild. That would seem to indicate that filling those glaring holes at point guard and center through the draft, and not free agency or trades, is not exactly the way Portland intends to go.

But if the Blazers can get one of those key pieces through free agency or trades, they'd be set to snag the other in the draft.

Lillard has been called this draft's best point guard, an NBA-ready floor general who's a scoring threat. If Lillard is the answer at PG, Portland could then pursue free-agent centers such as Roy Hibbert, Brook Lopez or Omer Asik.

The 7-foot, 255-pound, 25-year-old Asik is an interesting option; he's a solid defender and rebounder but not a huge contributor on offense, which could be just fine for Portland, with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge already providing plenty of offense on the front line.

What do you think, should the Blazers go after guards in the draft or target big men?


2012 NBA mock draft

Omer Asis, Chicago Bulls

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