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Will the Trail Blazers Regret Passing on Donovan Mitchell?

Portland went a different direction in the 2017 NBA draft. Tara and Dan debate the missed opportunity.

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On this week’s Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara and Dan discuss the Trail Blazers vs. Warriors game on Valentine’s Day. They also tackle a series of questions they’ve been kicking around: Will the Blazers regret passing on Donovan Mitchell, which Blazers would be the best Winter Olympians, and what’s the real value of CJ McCollum?


  • Intro
  • Winter Olympic Hunger Games
  • Blazers most likely to be Winter Olympians
  • Ed Davis in a bobsled
  • Meyers Leonard as a curling champion
  • Ice skating analytics
  • Revisiting the Warriors v Blazers
  • Reminder, Damian Lillard is REALLY good
  • Dame for Player of the Month
  • Was that game more about the Warriors or the Blazers
  • Looking at the All Star game
  • Dennis Smith Jr was robbed
  • Donovan Mitchell is a complete monster
  • Utah Jazz after the break
  • The Jazz mirror the Blazers from a few years ago
  • Will the Blazers regret passing on Mitchell
  • Drafting Mitchell, trading CJ and rebuilding on the fly
  • Would Mitchell have had the opportunity to blossom here
  • Who does he remind you of
  • Early returns on Collins v Mitchell
  • The true value of CJ McCollum- we’re not talking about trading him
  • The consistent near all-star level of play
  • McCollum and “Shake Rating”
  • The clutch gene- does McCollum have it
  • Coulda, woulda, shoulda... again
  • Will the Blazers make the playoffs
  • Evaluating the stretch run
  • Closing thoughts
  • Outro