The pick at No. 4: Brandon Miller, Alabama Crimson Tide
If Wembanyama, Scoot, and Amen are all gone by pick No. 4, the Blazers will still sprint to the podium to grab Miller. It’s a testament to a particularly strong draft class and the talent of Miller that it wouldn’t be much of a discussion for the team to select him.
He’s one of the best shooters in the draft, has great positional size for a forward at 6-foot-9, and has improved his defense, driving, and passing during his sterling freshman season. In any other draft, Miller would be making some serious top-pick noise.
That won’t bother the Blazers, as they snag a player who fits a positional need and routinely makes difficult plays like this look easy:
What the Blazers need to become a championship contender is a star on the wing and a true defensive stopper at center. While Miller’s no defensive anchor, he is the prototypical modern scoring forward that Portland’s tried to trade for or sign over the past half-decade.
Miller would immediately start for the team without having to receive the pressure of being the top scoring option. That would give him more freedom to grow his offensive arsenal, take open threes, and become an ideal sidekick in Lillard’s late-career renaissance.