The Portland Trail Blazers are currently a projected lottery team in the NBA Draft given their standing outside of the NBA Playoffs. A lottery pick would give Portland an earlier selection than they’ve been accustomed to in recent years — how could they use this to their advantage? Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report believes Portland should focus on passing and defense with their pick:
The eventual (but uncertain) returns of Nurkic and Rodney Hood will help. In the meantime, Portland should be looking for forwards who can pass and defend. Carmelo Anthony doesn’t add much in either department. But Isaac Okoro does and could help right away. He pops as an obvious target to select or trade up for. He’d give the lineup a versatile pressure defender plus all the intangibles—high IQ, toughness, unselfishness, effort—a team would want in a role player.
Devin Vassell would bring needed three-and-D skills to a wing spot. Josh Green projects as one of the draft’s quickest athletes and defenders who has owned a supporting role after winning the GEICO Nationals with IMG Academy.
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