By now you know that the Portland Trail Blazers do not have a single pick in the this afternoon’s NBA Draft. It seems weird that the Trail Blazers do not have a draft pick in a league that is enamored by young talent. The media, teams, and fans always look forward to the draft in hope that a star will be born, while others look to find their diamond in the rough. College athletics has become a breeding ground for the next superstar in every sport. This year’s NBA draft is no exception.
There are a few special talents in tonight’s draft. I’m sure you know the names: Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker– the list could go on to include several more. Exum is an explosive point guard from Australia who has tremendous size for his position at 6′ 6″ . He will turn 19 on July 13 and is considered the best guard at this year’s draft. Wiggins and Parker are the freshmen phenoms that are expected to go first and second overall. Wiggins is the freakishly athletic player out of Kansas. Parker is the well-rounded prospect that can do it all. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who pick first in the draft, have a lot to think about before they call a name tonight.
So what can we expect from the draft? What can we expect from the Portland Trail Blazers? The draft will be full of excitement and surprise picks. Every year it seems to get bigger and better, which is why most fans love this time of year. The Portland Trail Blazers might be the only organization to sit back and watch from home. Not having a pony in the race, will the Trail Blazers feel like they need to make a move? I don’t necessarily believe they need a draft pick to be successful next year. They may need to find a draft pick and look into the future. After all, most of the players that will be selected tonight won’t be starters next year. However, if you think about the future, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to develop and mold into a premium player?
The Portland Trail Blazers could sit this draft out and be perfectly alright. They still have free agency to test the market waters and see where they could add depth and experience, which are two aspects desperately needed on the roster.
Yesterday, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton from the New York Knicks. The Knicks received Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, and the 34th and 51st picks in tonight’s draft. Wow, that is how to make a move. It is the first deal completed by new Knicks president Phil Jackson. Chandler will be in the last season of his contract which opens the door for the Mavericks to make a move next summer. Some think they might target Dallas native LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland needs to be considering moves that will put them in position to keep their 3x NBA all-star.
So what do you think? Will the Trail Blazers make a trade in order to get in on the action at this year’s draft? Will they wait and try to pick up talent via free agency? Or will they wait to make their big move until next season?