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Ford: Blazers Get B+ For 2012 NBA Draft

Chad Ford of ESPN.com grades the Portland Trail Blazers a B+ for their 2012 NBA Draft.

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  • Round 1: Damian Lillard (6), Meyers Leonard (11)
  • Round 2: Will Barton (40)

Analysis: I've been Lillard's biggest fan all year and think he's a great fit in Portland. They really needed a point guard, and I think with time, he could be very good. He shoots the ball well, attacks the basket and plays very hard. He'll need to continue to develop his floor vision, but his work ethic is tremendous, and I think he'll find a way to succeed.

I'm not as crazy about Leonard. I see the upside, and I see the need. But I think he's a bigger project than people think. I wouldn't expect dividends on this pick for several years, Blazers fans. Barton was a nice get in the second round. He's got a great midrange game, is a good athlete and has a scorer's mentality. I wouldn't be surprised if, in a few years, he supplanted Wes Matthews as the starting two guard in Portland.

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ed: text edited, bumped to front page

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