With the 46th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers have selected CJ Elleby out of Washington State. Elleby is a six-foot-six forward.
The Portland Trail Blazers have selected CJ Elleby out of Washington State in the 2020 NBA Draft. With no first-round pick this year due to the Trevor Ariza for Robert Covington trade, Elleby is the only draft pick for the Blazers in this draft.
NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced the pick before the official tweet came out from the Portland Trail Blazers account.
Elleby is a six-foot-six forward with a six-foot-eight, who played two years at Washington State. He is an excellent rebounder and defender, as well as being a spot-up shooter. He was named PAC-12 All-Freshmen, and all PAC-12 in his time playing for the Cougars.
Though the Blazers now have Covington as a defender, there is no doubt they need more forwards on this roster for the future, and Elleby fits into that.
As he was on very few draft boards, we look forward to breaking down his film over the next little while. I’m also unsure what type of role he will play this season, but we will wait for his introductory press conference with the team to hear more about him.
This pick was a little surprising, but we know that Neil Olshey has drafted many sleepers in the second round, so we have absolute faith in his selections.
More to come on Elleby in the next few days.