If you haven't seen, Tyler Hansbrough is going to have his jersey retired at UNC. The same Hansbrough that will probably win most player of the year awards. The same Hansbrough that may have had them last year if he wasn't forced to wear the schnozaroo for the last part of the season. The same Hansbrough that is known for hard work, great post moves, rebounding, and a nasty streak. The same Hansbrough that, when reviewed as an NBA prospect, typically gets raved about for three paragraphs before the inevitable "but he's not super athletic so mid-late first round".
I am completely serious when I say that if we had the second pick and Derrick Rose went first, I would want us to take Hansbrough. I'm not saying that he is the second best player in the draft, just that he is the second best player for the Blazers. He would be our Shane Battier or David Lee (i.e. hard working cleanup man) and enforcer at the same time. I know we are waiting for Oden to fill in our paint next year, but as much as he's a beast, he's not nasty. He can be our mountain in the middle, but he's not an enforcer.
There is no Jordan, Duncan, or Shaq in this years draft. There aren't even any really any Carmello Anthonys. If ever there was a year that it would be safe to draft need without worrying about who is going to haunt you for 15 years, it's this year. The fact that we're likely to pick 13/14ish just makes it that much more convenient.
Hansbrough in '08!