The 2018 NBA Draft is less than a week away. With the Portland Trail Blazers holding the 24th overall pick, their course on draft night remains unclear. Should they execute the pick instead of trading it, James Herbert of CBS Sports has a couple of suggestions for them, part of an article listing the biggest draft needs and goals for all 30 NBA franchises.
Herbert tabs Portland’s needs as “playmaking, passing, frontcourt scoring”. He offers this:
The Blazers could do just about anything. Mitchell Robinson would be a nice upside pick here, and guard Khyri Thomas is the rare prospect that should be an above-average defender the moment he walks onto an NBA floor.
Steve Dewald profiled Khyri Thomas earlier in the year, saying, “Armed with a relentless motor, Thomas’ biggest strengths come on the defensive end of the court. Filling passing lanes, preventing penetration, and attacking close-outs are just three of the things that the 21-year-old guard excels at.” Read the full profile here.