Chad Ford of ESPN.com released his latest mock draft on Tuesday. In it, the Portland Trail Blazers select Syracuse guard Michael Carter- Williams at No. 10 after Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum goes to the Sacramento Kings at No. 7 and Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 9.
Analysis: The Blazers drafted a point guard last year, but they wouldn't hesitate to do it again if Carter-Williams slides. They'd prefer McCollum or Caldwell-Pope, but Carter-Williams would do. He has great size for his position, which should allow the Blazers to play both him and Lillard on the floor together. [Cody] Zeller and Steven Adams are also possibilities here.
Chris Mannix of SI.com has his latest mock draft right here. In it, the Blazers select Indiana forward/center Cody Zeller.
Several team executives believe Zeller could go as high as No. 5 to Phoenix. Zeller picked up some momentum from the combine, and it's unlikely he will slip out of the top 10. His tremendous athleticism and productivity in college are impressive. The Blazers are set at power forward, but with the dwindling number of power centers in the NBA, a Zeller-LaMarcus Aldridge frontcourt would have enormous offensive potential.
David Aldridge of NBA.com posted his latest mock draft on Monday, with the Blazers selecting McCollum.
DraftExpress.com's mock draft -- which hasn't been updated since last week -- has the Blazers selecting Pittsburgh center Steven Adams.
Sean Deveney of the Sporting News has the Blazers selecting Russian guard Sergey Karasev in his latest mock draft.
Karasev is emblematic of this draft. He could go in the Top 10. He could go in the high 20s. One thing for sure, though, is that he can shoot, and the Blazers need as much help spreading the floor as they can get. But would they pass on C.J. McCollum here for a pure shooting guard?
Matt Moore of CBSSports.com has the Blazers taking Zeller...
Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana: He and Meyers Leonard can bunk together and likely not score at the rim together. (Previous: 9)
Jonathan Tjarks of SBNation.com has the Blazers taking Zeller...
10. Portland Trail Blazers -- Cody Zeller
Rumors about Portland dealing this pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat make a lot of sense for both teams. If the Blazers end up keeping the pick, Zeller would be a nice pick to bolster their frontcourt depth, since he could conceivably play with both LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer has the Blazers taking Carter-Williams...
10 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse point guard.
Comment: His 6-6 height causes big matchup problems for opponents.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle has the Blazers taking Zeller...
10......Portland..... Cody Zeller.... C.....Indiana
Zeller has built momentum through the process, moving up as the top center in the workouts.
PS Thanks to DC Blazer in the FanShots.
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