has posted a 2012 NBA Mock Draft
. Here are his selection for the Portland Trail Blazers.
4. Portland (from New Jersey, top-3 protected) - Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut
Portland's dilemma: Their biggest need is at the point but the one thing this draft lacks is an elite point guard. The best players available at this spot are mostly forwards, which the Blazers already have locked up with Nicolas Batum (they will most likely sign him to an extension this summer) and LaMarcus Aldridge. Drummond will go high in this draft based solely on potential. He had a poor season at UConn and his game is raw but in an era in which athletic seven footers are scarce, Drummond's size alone makes him a sought after prospect. And after what happened with Greg Oden (and then trading for Hasheem Thabeet), surely the basketball Gods wouldn't give Portland another bust at center, right?
11. Portland - Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina
The source of the majority of the Blazers problems this season was the play of Raymond Felton. Had Portland had simply an average point guard running things from the start of the season there's a good chance they would still be in the playoff picture. Of course, many will argue that what happened was beneficial for the franchise since it has landed them two lottery picks. In Drummond they have a big man with big potential so they'd be best off getting someone who can contribute right away with this pick. Marshall fits that role perfectly. The former Tar Heel point guard has a tremendous feel for the game and figures to be someone that averages 10 assists a game for the majority of his career. With Marshall in place Portland's future starting five could be Marshall/ Wesley Matthews/ Batum/ Aldridge/ Drummond. That's not so bad, especially if Batum continues to grow as a defensive stopper and Drummond reaches that potential.
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