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Who Do Blazers Select At No. 10 In Thursday's 2013 NBA Mock Drafts?

A quick round-up of the Draft-day mock drafts as the 2013 NBA Draft approaches.

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Chad Ford of released his draft-day 2013 NBA Mock Draft this morning. In it, the Portland Trail Blazers select Pittsburgh center Steven Adams with the No. 10 pick 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.

Later Thursday, he updated Portland's pick to Michigan guard Trey Burke.

Even later Thursday, he updated Portland's pick to Indiana forward/center Cody Zeller.

Analysis: The Blazers are hoping McCollum or Caldwell-Pope are on the board. But if they aren't? It will come down to Trey Burke, Steven Adams and Cody Zeller. It's a tough three-way race, but I give the edge to Adams. Given his size, Burke might struggle to play in the same backcourt as Damian Lillard. On the surface Adams might look a lot like last year's pick Meyers Leonard, but the Blazers could use more bigs, and Adams wowed them in workouts.


The Blazers are hoping McCollum or Caldwell-Pope are on the board. But if they aren't? It will come down to Burke, Steven Adams and Cody Zeller. It's a tough three-way race, but I hear that the Blazers might lean toward Burke, in part, because he's a trade asset. Given his size, Burke might struggle to play in the same backcourt as Damian Lillard, but the Blazers had success with Lillard and Eric Maynor last year and feel it will work out if they can't trade him.


Analysis: The Blazers are hoping McCollum or Caldwell-Pope are still on the board. But if they aren't? It will come down to Burke, Steven Adams and Zeller. It's a tough, three-way race, but now I give the edge to Zeller. While the Blazers could take Burke and use him as a trade asset, and while Adams has great size, Zeller has impressed the Blazers and other teams during workouts with his athleticism and newfound shooting stroke.

Meyers Leonard of the Portland Trail Blazers selects Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for an players draft...

10. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Georgia
Selected by: Meyers Leonard

"I know right now we're looking at getting another center, but I liked Kentavious' energy -- how he talks on defense, his passing and his strength," Leonard says of KCP, who poured in almost 19 points a game for the Bulldogs last year. "Plus, he has a really nice shot with great range. He'd fit right in."

Chris Mannix of has the Blazers selecting UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad...

Could it be a long night for Muhammad? Yes. But it says here a player with his talent won't fall out of the top 10. There is top-pick talent in Muhammad, a physical, 6-6 swingman with terrific reflexes and an array of moves around the rim. Muhammad told me earlier this month he is patterning his game after James Harden, and if he turns out to be anywhere close to the player Harden is, he will be a steal. The Blazers need scoring help on the wing and Muhammad, who got a lot of offense playing off of UCLA point guard Larry Drew last season, could fit in well with the Blazers' Damian Lillard.

Steve Kyler of USA Today Sports also has Adams...

10. Portland Trail Blazers: C Steven Adams, Pittsburgh

Adams is a big, strong rebounder with a solid feel for defense. He runs the floor well for a player his size.

Matt Moore of also has Adams...

Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh: Adams has some raw strength and as long as he's just working beside LaMarcus Aldridge to defend and rebound, he provides insurance for Meyers Leonard in case he doesn't work out. This is primarily a defensive pick, but if it works out, Portland has a long-term rim defender. (Previous: 11)

Gary Parrish of has the Portland Trail Blazers selecting Zeller...

Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana: Zeller would've been a top-five pick last year. So he's slipped a little. That's undeniable. But he's still a good value at this spot and the type of player who can help Portland immediately. (Previous: 7) has the Blazers selecting Adams. has the Blazers selecting Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams.

Tom Ziller of SB Nation has the Blazers selecting Adams...

I can think of nothing that will make LaMarcus Aldridge happier than a project center three years from contributing.

Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News has the Blazers selecting Zeller...

He can run the floor better than most bigs, and Damian Lillard will find him on the break.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post has the Blazers selecting McCollum...

C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh - A year after drafting 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, the Blazers could snag the player in this draft many prognosticators compare him with.

Michael J. Fensom of the Star-Ledger has the Blazers selecting Adams...

A run on big men begins here. The Blazers will wager Adams' raw skills, with polish, will develop into a reliable complement up front to LaMarcus Aldridge.

Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops has the Blazers selecting Adams...

Portland is another team looking to package its pick in hopes of getting a player who can contribute now. GM Neil Olshey is open to moving the pick, preferably for a big man who can provide the defense and rebounding the Blazers need.

Like the Wolves with Kevin Love, the Blazers are looking to take the next step and show LaMarcus Aldridge that they are on the rise. Drafting Damian Lillard was a large step in that direction last year.

Portland is said to be very high on C.J. McCollum and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but if both are gone, Adams is the man for the Blazers. While Adams still has a lot of developing to do, some scouts believe he may be ready to contribute at a higher level than originally anticipated as a rookie. Adams is NBA-ready defensively and could provide the Blazers with the post presence needed to play alongside Aldridge.

PS Thanks to KVin2 in the FanShots.

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