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Wasserman Warns Blazers Not to Ignore Forwards in Draft

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Keita Bates-Diop and Chandler Hutchison are two of the players the Bleacher Report author suggests for Portland in the draft.

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The 2018 NBA Draft will contain plenty of twists and turns. If history is any guide, it will also feature a number of gaffes and missed opportunities. Jonathan Wasserman, writing for Bleacher Report, penned warnings to all 30 NBA teams. forecasting the mistakes they’d need to avoid in order to succeed with their June draft picks. These include the Phoenix Suns not answering the phone for potential trades, the Memphis Grizzlies focusing too much on stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, and for the Portland Trail Blazers...not thinking enough about forwards.

Says Wasserman:

The Portland Trail Blazers have one of the top backcourts in the league and young talent at center. They’re relatively weak in between in terms of star power, youth and upside.

Evan Turner, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu are no doubt serviceable, but they’re also upgradable, particularly for a team looking to compete in the Western Conference playoffs.

They should be looking at forwards like Keita Bates-Diop, who can play the 3 or 4, shoot threes and rebound.

Chandler Hutchison is another versatile forward worth looking into, as is Zhaire Smith, Musa, Jacob Evans and Melvin Frazier.

Agree? Disagree? Or would you prefer someone like our latest draft profile subject, SMU’s Shake Milton?