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Aldridge: Who Might Blazers Target In 2012 NBA Draft?

David Aldridge of NBA.com offers some thoughts on the 2012 NBA Draft, including who the Portland Trail Blazers might target at the No. 6 and the No. 11 picks. --------------------------- 6) PORTLAND (From Brooklyn) 2011-12 RECORD: 28-38, fourth, Northwest NEEDS: Point guard, center LIKELY PICK(S): Lillard, Marshall, Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut, Tyler Zeller, North Carolina The Blazers are never shy about being active on Draft Day, and they could well package picks six and 11 to try and move up -- though who they'd be moving up for wouldn't seem to fit the positions at which they have need. Incumbent small forward Nicolas Batum is a restricted free agent, but Paul Allen's never going to lose a player because of money. And there isn't a center worth moving up to get. So if Portland stays here, it's hard to see the Blazers going for anything other than a point guard, either Lillard or Marshall, or a big man to start the post-Greg Oden era. Drummond has incredible potential, but the Blazers have been more reluctant in recent years to take talented but inconsistent players. Zeller would be a bit of a surprise this high, but he's a no-drama big man. 11) PORTLAND NEEDS: Point guard, center LIKELY PICK(S): Leonard, Zeller, Fab Melo, C, Syracuse Can't see the Blazers going for anything here but size, assuming they got the point guard they need at six. Any one of these bigs would fulfill that issue. Melo would be a work in progress offensively, but he's game-ready at the defensive end, according to most scouts, and would help LaMarcus Aldridge down low. --------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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