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Time For Blazers to Control Their Own Destiny


Interior defense, rebounding and bench scoring are the three biggest weaknesses of the current Blazer roster.


My hope is that the Blazer organization takes control of their own destiny, by drafting and targeting players without relying on trades or other teams not matching restricted free agents.


Please Olshey don't waste the free agent signing period waiting on other teams to match your offer like last offseason. Forget about Tyreke Evans and go after a guy like OJ Mayo who was quoted saying that he'd love playing for Olshey. Also target Nate Robinson who has grown up and become a legit instant offense guy in pressure situations. Plus Nate loves the northwest and may actually give Portland a hometown discount. With Nate and OJ coming off the bench you will drastically improve bench scoring, especially since both guys can create their own shot.


Secondly, draft Dieng with the 10th pick. The guy can rebound, block shots, contain the pick and roll, and make passes. Don't believe he has a low ceiling. He has only been playing basketball at a high level for a few years and didn't grow up playing as a kid. He has helped lead his team to two final fours and a big east and national championship. Then draft one of the rebounding/shot blocking back up power forwards in the second round. Mbakwe, Howell or my favorite, Jackie Carmichael will most likely be available. Also pick Andre Roberson if available in the second round as a lock down defensive wing who can rebound, create steals and block shots. Also use a second round pick on Phil Pressey who is a pure passing pg who creates steals with his quickness.


Thirdly, bring over Pap from Greece. He's a better defender than Babbitt and a better shooter than Claver. Plus Claver is more of a stretch 4 IMO. I also think you need to give Batum some rest during the season so he is fresh come playoffs and not breaking down.


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