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Elhassan: Three Best Draft Fits For Blazers

One national writer selects his three best fits for the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Jamie Squire

Amin Elhassan of (Insider) offers his thoughts on the three best fits for the Portland Trail Blazers, who will select No. 10 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas (Chad Ford Big Board ranking: No. 2): McLemore would be an excellent complement to Lillard in the backcourt as a great shooter and athlete. His main criticism, lack of aggression, would not be an issue in Portland with other offensive options ahead of him like Lillard and Aldridge.

C.J. McCollum, Combo, Lehigh (No. 7): McCollum is undersized as a shooting guard, but he is a big-time scorer with some playmaking ability and mirrors Lillard's maturity and professionalism despite being just 21. Ideally, McCollum could be the third guard in a rotation with Lillard and Wesley Matthews.

Cody Zeller, C, Indiana (No. 9): Zeller might not fit the bill of a defensive anchor, but he is a center with attributes no Blazers center has -- an excellent feel for the game and the ability to play with his back to the basket or face up. He is the type of player you can insert into a game right now.

Cody Zeller was a popular name among the post-lottery mock drafts. Chad Ford of has liked McLemore for the Blazers in an ideal world. Blazers guard Damian Lillard listed McLemore, C.J. McCollum and Nerlens Noel as his three favorite players in the Draft.

Hat tip: Casey Holdahl,

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