Versatile shooting guards to play alongside Blazers current core
Portland already has excellent depth at the shooting guard position between sharpshooter Anfernee Simons and up-and-coming star Shaedon Sharpe. However, the Blazers still could find someone in free agency that could help improve their roster.
Signing another shooting guard could be beneficial for two reasons.
First, the NBA is becoming much more positionless. These shooting guards mentioned are adaptable enough to play alongside the likes of Simons or Sharpe.
Second, it would allow them to pursue a trade involving Simons or Sharpe. If Portland wants another bonafide star to pair with Lillard, Simons or Sharpe might have to be included in the trade package. Having another reliable shooting guard could make them feel more comfortable making a blockbuster move.
Donte DiVincenzo could be a great fit as a combo guard. Whether playing alongside Lillard, Simons, or Sharpe, DiVincenzo can complement any `of those guards well. He’s an ideal role player that defends well, provides excellent energy, and can shoot and create plays when needed.
Bruce Brown Jr.
Bruce Brown Jr. has a great all-around game as a two-way player that can play either shooting guard or small forward. Depending on how the rest of the Blazers’ offseason shakes out, Brown Jr. could even start at small forward if he were to sign.
He’s had an excellent season for the Denver Nuggets, averaging 11.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Brown Jr. would be a great fit as someone who can provide some of everything.
Okogie is a great defender and rebounder for his position. Similar to Brown Jr., Okogie could also play small forward if needed. He’s a great defender and rebounder for his 6-foot-4 size.
Okogie’s strengths and weaknesses are similar to Matisse Thybulle’s as both are defensive-minded players. However, Okogie could be cheaper in free agency and should be considered if that’s the case.