So the Marcus Camby trade brought us two young, high pick "busts." These guys haven't seen playing time for a reason, but I think Kaleb will be happy to give these guys a chance to play. We have nothing to lose, so why not? Here's my opinion on the two and where I see them after this summer.
He was the number two pick in a fairly good draft, and stands at 7' 3". Played a kind of Chris Johnson role in Houston, and hasn't shown his potential yet. Since the options we have for our frontcourt besides LA are old guys who will get tired quickly (Kurt and Pryz) or undersized guys who are only affective against certain teams (Kurt and the Rhino) I think Kaleb will have to make Hasheem a rotation player. Honestly, I don't think he'll prosper, given his lack of motivation and busted confidence.I can't see him as a starter on a championship team, but his length and suprisingly good ball handling and IQ will always get people to pay attention. He does pass well too, which is something this team lacks in big men. Unless the older guys set him straight, he'll probably be signed o a small contract or allowed to walk. If the small chance of him finding his game here and becoming a hard worker do happen, then I can't imagine him ever getting better than a pretty good backup center. All in all don't expect him to be the COTF, but don't count him out of the rotation.
6 foot PG who can dunk. This guy is athletic. He reminds me of Elliot Williams, with less of a jump shot and a whole lot more athletisim. He had some injury troubles, but I don't think its anything that will lead to early retirement. (I'm still bummed out about that) I think this guy has a pretty good chance of flourishing here. He prospers in a fast paced team like (I hope) us, and isn't too bad at running a team in the halfcourt. In my opinion, if he has a good season here (something like 10 points and 5 assists) as a backup pointguard, we should sign him and make him our PGOTF. If he doesn't, there's a whole other draft and free agency waiting for us, so why not. The only thing I worry about here is him getting playing time. Nolan isn't doing bad, and I would hate to take away his chance at making a break. All togethor, I'm actually very excited to see Jonny play in a Blazers uniform.
Anyways, what do I know, right? Most of you probably have more NBA stats locked in your head than I do, so what do you think? (And just to stir some contreversy, I have a feeling Raymond will be averaging 18 and 8 in the last 20 or so game in a way that doesn't promote losing...)