Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports gives the Portland Trail Blazers a "B" 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.)
The late lottery, and poor draft, allows team to draft for need, and it's hard to not like McCollum working well off the ball with Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews in Portland. McCollum seems ... brave to me, and I like that. He should be a fun watch.
Meanwhile, in the draft's catbird seat at 31 in the second round, the Blazers grabbed Crabbe, a shooter and little else that PDX will happily employ as a shooter and, um, little else. Withey, meanwhile, could provide defensive depth if he makes the team. Marko Todorovic is a stash pick that everyone seems to agree with.
The Blazers are going plucky. Kinda dig that.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com gave the Blazers a "A" for their draft.
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