Ford: Blazers Get "A" For 2013 NBA Draft

Mike Stobe

Chad Ford of ESPN.com gives the Portland Trail Blazers an "A" for their 2013 NBA Draft.

Chad Ford of ESPN.com gives the Portland Trail Blazers an "A" for their 2013 NBA Draft. The Blazers selected Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum at No. 10, traded for California guard Allen Crabbe at No. 31, selected Kansas center Jeff Withey at No. 39 and selected Montenegran forward/center Marko Todorovic at No. 45. (Information on second round picks can be found here.)

Portland GM Neil Olshey must believe the Blazers need more offense in their backcourt, as they drafted two of the most aggressive scorers and best shooters in the draft.

The Blazers had coveted McCollum for a while and think he's a great fit in the backcourt next to Rookie of the Year point guard Damian Lillard, who thrived when he played off the ball last season. Portland sees McCollum as a guard who can play both positions too.

Crabbe is a shooter with ridiculous range and he isn't afraid to let if fly.

Withey is one dimensional, but the one thing he does well, shot-blocking, he does really well.

Todorovic is a project that they'll revisit down the road.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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