The Portland Trail Blazers currently sit at 29-20, good for fourth in the Western Conference. Depth at the wings has been a popular topic this season as Moe Harkless is facing injuries and Jake Layman is still proving himself. To get some help through the NBA Draft, Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation sends Tennessee forward Grant Williams to Portland with the No. 22 pick in his latest mock draft:
Williams would have a case to be college basketball’s national player of the year were it not for Zion Williamson. He’s lifted Tennessee to its first No. 1 ranking in more than a decade by taking his game to new heights as a junior, eclipsing his numbers across the board from an SEC Player of the Year-winning season last year. At 6’7, 240 pounds, Williams looks more like a traditional power forward than a new-age NBA one. But his combination of quickness, strength, and feel for the game can’t be discounted.
Williams is currently averaging 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists (all career highs) per game as a junior.