"Some people make a scene when they get fired.
After being terminated on the eve of this NBA Draft, former Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard made one of the best decisions of his career on the way out the door.
The Blazers ranked 13th in the NBA with a 35.4% mark from the 3-point line this year. But by sending Martell Webster to Timberwolves for No. 16 overall pick Luke Babbitt, the former Blazer GM may have turned Portland into one of the better shooting teams in the league. Pritchard's robbery made him the Willie Sutton of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Hey, if he can't be an NBA executive, maybe he can be a full-time thief.
Here's a list at some of the draft day steals:
Luke Babbitt, Forward, Portland Trail Blazers – Nobody appreciates half-court basketball more than Blazers coach Nate McMillan. Portland averaged 90.2 possessions per game last season, which ranked last in the NBA. The Blazers like to slow the pace, set up an offensive rotation and work the ball for the most efficient shot.
But halfcourt offenses need someone who can space the floor, and with Rudy Fernandez likely to follow Travis Outlaw, Steve Blake and Martell Webster out the door, Babbitt is the perfect player to pull defenders away from LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.
Babbitt sank 41.6% of his 3-pointers with Nevada this year and an even 50% of his field goals. He's also a 90% free throw shooter who got to the line nearly seven times per game. Sure, the Blazers ranked third in free throw shooting this season, but every team can always get better.
But what will really impress Portland fans is Babbitt's passing skills and surprising athleticism. He isn't just a shooter. Babbitt is a solid basketball player who happens to be an exceptional shooter."
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