It seemed to me that Claver was a bit of a disappointment this year. He was co-captain (I believe) of Valencia, but far from its featured player. Nando de Colo (rights owned by the Spurs) seemed to eclipse him as "most exciting young player" and veterans (?) like Thomas Kelati seemed to be more important. Does it look like he'll never live up to the "better than Batum" hype he was getting as a teenage prodigy (I see a video on ACBTV.com saying "2008: the year of Claver?")? In general, he has a bit of a case of the Rudy's: too slight for one position (in Claver's case, PF, although he's probably tall enough), but not skilled enough for the other (SF - he has some of the skills, three point shooting, for example, and he can dribble acceptably in the open court, just not in traffic). He has defensive instincts, but seems to scream "role player", and that's even in the ACB. Is this totally unfair? Spanish Blazer fans care to comment?
Our other two Euro players seemed to have improved more: Freeland moved to a better club and put up better numbers (partly because of increased PT) and Koponen seemed to break through at Bologna, after a very difficult first year, and there's rumors that he's one of the owner's favorites, but they keep trying to sign PGs, so is he viewed by them as a SG? That would be unfortunate, because if he's going to be any use to us, it's got to be as a Bigger Better Blake. And does the drafting of Williams AND Johnson spell the death of Blazer interest in him? It would have helped if he hadn't injured his foot and had to get TWO surgeries, so that he couldn't play either in Summer League OR for Finland.
In general, does anybody think that we'll see ANY of these players come over to the Blazers ever? Does KP leaving make a difference, or are they Buchanan/Born's picks anyway?