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Evaluating Players in the NBA Draft

Everyone is abuzz about potential picks. What are the fairest ways to break them down?

2018 NBA Draft Combine - Day 1 Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Blazer’s Edge contributor and Clips Nation writer Robert Flom to break down Damian Lillard making 1st Team All NBA, reports that Lillard wants to meet with Paul Allen again, who’s the most important Trail Blazers player after Lillard for the future, how to evaluate college prospects based on production and correlation in the NBA, who the Blazers should be on the lookout for in the NBA Draft, whether or not the Blazers and Clippers could make Draft Day trade and more!


  • Intro
  • Opening Comments
  • Guest intro: Robert Flom
  • Damian Lillard making 1st Team All NBA
  • Making 1st Team over Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry
  • Chris Paul on the downslope
  • Old man game on the rise
  • Canzano reports that Lillard is meeting with Paul Allen again
  • Why is Lillard going after Canzano?
  • Don’t you want your star communicating with the owner?
  • Reviewing Flom’s piece: Who’s the most important for the Blazer’s future after Lillard?
  • Production to value ratio - how important is that for the Blazers and every team in the league?
  • Evaluating college prospects by raw counting stats- how well do they translate?
  • What was the inspiration behind this series?
  • Brief description of you approach?
  • What are are the most predictive stats for bigs?
  • What are the most predictive stats for point guards?
  • What are the most predictive stats for wings?
  • Understanding what’s required of wings in the NBA today
  • How ridiculous has LeBron James been?
  • Using Flom’s correlations, who did he have picked to best succeed in the 2017 draft?
  • Who does Flom have rated well in the 18-30 range and possible targets for Portland in 2018?
  • Troy Brown, Oregon
  • Bruce Brown, Miami
  • Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
  • Lonnie Walker, Miami
  • Could the Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers make a Draft Day trade?
  • Closing Comments
  • Outro