Until recently, Baylor guard, Pierre Jackson, was considered to be a 2nd round pick, but after performing well at the draft combine, he is now projected to go in the first round. Here’s what I find interesting; although his stock is on the rise, he is by no means a top 10 selection. The Blazers have the 10th pick in this year’s draft, so why are they looking at the 5’10” point guard?
If we are to put stock in the Blazers’ interest, the workout would seem to indicate a desire to move down in the draft. This could actually make a lot of sense for Portland. A deal that involves trading the 10th pick for a mid-20s pick in exchange for another player would help the Blazers build a supporting cast. There aren’t any “must-own” prospects where the Blazers stand in the 2013 draft, so why not move down if it could bring an established player to Portland?
I like to see the Blazers explore their options like this; preparing for multiple scenarios. Drafting Pierre Jackson would not only bring in another option at point guard, it would come at a relatively low price. There isn’t a whole lot of difference in skill level outside of the top 5 draftees this year, so Portland could essentially take a minor bump for a major boost, if indeed they are targeting a lower slot.
Jackson isn’t too bad either. Imagine an inexperienced Nate Robinson, but a better facilitator that takes smarter shots. He’s an energy guy. Learning behind Damian Lillard, the future of the franchise, could give him a developmental head start too.
I suppose the Blazers could be legitimately interested in drafting him at 10, but it seems unlikely to me. I think Olshey is up to something. Whether we trade down, trade up, or trade out, our first round pick is on the table. The Blazers’ curiosity has peaked mine. Is Pierre in Portland’s future, or is he joining the list of backup plans?