Projected Blazer Pick

This is from Sam Vecenie of the Athletic Daily. Sounds like a solid player for the Blazers. But, hopefully they'll be able to get into the top 4. May the losing continue!

5. Portland Trail Blazers

Johnny Davis | 6-5 wing | 19 years old | Wisconsin

Welcome to the party, Johnny Davis. I was pretty aggressive in moving up Davis last time, slotting him as a first-rounder after his outstanding performance at the Maui Invitational. Following that event, most evaluators I spoke with saw him as something of a mid-to-late first-round pick. But as the season has progressed, there simply just hasn’t been anyone in college basketball as consistently dominant as Davis. Following Wisconsin’s road upset win of Purdue this week, when Davis led the team with a dominant 37-point, 14-rebound performance that also included high-level defense, Davis is averaging 22.2 points per game. He has yet to score under 15 points in a game this season and has been the most consistently great player in the country. He’d be my pick for National Player of the Year right now in early January. Scouts love his ability to create off the dribble, his defensive toughness and his shot-making ability off the bounce. But there are some real questions regarding just how consistent and confident he is in his jumper. That’s really the only part of his game that has bouts of inconsistency. His competitiveness has endeared him to scouts.

It’s also worth noting that this is where a substantial drop-off occurs in the draft. Scouts I’ve talked to see Davis right now more as a solid lottery-level to mid-first-round guy as opposed to a top-five guy. The problem is, there isn’t really anyone else around whom I’ve gotten the impression scouts see as a top-half-of-the-lottery guy, so Davis falls here for now.