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Amick: Blazers Select Drummond & Marshall In 2012 NBA Mock Draft

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Sam Amick of SI.com has released his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft and has the Portland Trail Blazers selecting UConn center Andre Drummond and UNC point guard Kendall Marshall. ------------------------------------- No. 6 -- Andre Drummond -- [Damian] Lillard could be the pick because the Blazers need a point guard. But new general manager Neil Olshey knows the importance of quality young big men as much as anyone, having built his former Clippers team around the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The question, of course, is whether Olshey and the rest of the front office believe that Drummond can be an impact player sooner rather than later. Franchise centerpiece LaMarcus Aldridge has three seasons left on his deal, and it's safe to assume that everyone in Portland -- from owner Paul Allen on down -- wants to turn things around during that time. Drummond has major upside and great size and athleticism, but he continues to scare most executives as the draft's most unpredictable talent. ... No. 11 -- Kendall Marshall -- Point guards Raymond Felton and Jonny Flynn and combo guard Jamal Crawford are about to become free agents, and the Blazers simply must find someone to run their team. If they don't select Lillard at No. 6 and he's gone before this pick, they may settle for the pass-first floor leader from North Carolina. Marshall ranked second in the country in assists (9.75) and led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.51 to 1). His value was evident after a broken right wrist kept him out of the Tar Heels' final two games in the NCAA tournament, an overtime victory against Ohio and a 13-point loss to Kansas. ------------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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