SF: Ron Holland
Holland is currently projected to be the number one overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. The 6’8 wing chose the G League Ignite over the University of Texas for his lone post-high school season before jumping to the NBA. They played three games already with Holland averaging 15.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 24.3 minutes per game in the Intercontinental Cup.
The 18-year-old is a plus-athlete who can handle the ball and get to the rim with ease. He could become an elite three-level scorer quickly if he improves his jumper. Scouts love his energy and effort on the floor, and his hustle should translate to some massive leaps over the next three years.
Ron Holland has perennial All-Star potential. If the Portland Trail Blazers win the lottery, they will have the most talented young one through three in the NBA. Holland has the size and versatility to guard any player on the floor, and the Blazers would have plenty of perimeter cover around Scoot Henderson, who competes hard but is undersized.
A ton has to go right before Holland joins the Blazers. Portland would have to win the lottery and avoid a repeat of the Greg Oden over Kevin Durant disaster. This is their dream scenario, though. Everything goes right, and the 6’8 wing is one of the best players in the league in 2028 as the Trail Blazers are a contender.
With three young players on their roster all becoming stars, Portland capitalizes on their brief window to add another marquee name and massive contract to their books in hopes of winning it all.