Portland Trail Blazers’ 2023 NBA Draft Big Board 1.0

Victor Wembanyama, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
Victor Wembanyama, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images) /
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Cam Whitmore, Villanova (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Cam Whitmore, Villanova (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

4. Cam Whitmore, Villanova

Whitmore has yet to turn 19 and should expect to see his name skyrocket up draft boards once the pre-draft process gets underway.

At 6-7 and already more than 230 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan, Whitmore is physically built to start in the NBA from day one. The only thing more ready than his body may be his intangibles.

Whitmore’s motor seemingly never stopped when he played for the Wildcats. He’s relentless driving to the rim and can explode with his burst and size. He doesn’t need much room to get a step on a defender, use his physicality, and finish with power.

He’s a willing passer. More experience, especially once he gets used to the speed of the NBA, will see his offensive decision making improve as he learns when to aggressively hunt his own shot and when to defer.

He doesn’t have the side-to-side quickness or agility some other wings in this class do, but he’s quick enough and strong enough to be a good on-ball defender, and his size allows him to bang in the post against small-ball forwards and centers.

There’s plenty of room to grow, however, as Whitmore gets comfortable and develops the rest of his offensive game. There aren’t many spots better to do that than in Portland, where shot-creation isn’t going to be an immediate need.