Since the Portland Trail Blazers hold the 23rd pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, now's as good of a time as any to take a peek at Portland's similarly-positioned picks over the years. How have the Blazers done when drafting in this region?
For the sake of simplicity, the picks we highlight must meet the following criteria:
- The pick had to be between numbers 23 and 27
- The player had to have played for the Blazers at some point in their career
Drafted during the Blazers' inaugural season, Gilmore only played 27 games in the NBA, all with the Blazers. There's not more more to say... sometimes your picks just don't pan out.
Staring at this list, it's easy to see the names we know and love (Gross, Twardzik, Porter, Sabonis) and ignore the ones that we don't... or, at least, that we've never heard of. With a mid-20s pick, there's a chance the Blazers could get lucky and draft an impact player. But finding the next Rolando Ferreira or Sergei Monia will be more likely than snagging another Terry Porter.