2024 Blazers Mock Draft 3.0: Projecting all 4 Rip City selections

Trail Blazers take a polarizing prospect at No. 14 in mock draft 3.0.
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No. 14 (via Warriors): Blazers select Kyle Filipowski, Forward/Center, Duke

As a sophomore at Duke, Filipowski showcased his versatility, averaging 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals on 51/35/67 shooting splits. His improved three-point shooting from 28.2 percent to 34.8 percent is a significant asset, particularly for teams like the Blazers.

Filipowski's decision to return for another year at Duke has bolstered his draft stock, although his projected landing spot is wide-ranging. The late lottery is likely the earliest Filipowski will go, with some mock drafts having him fall into the late first round. The Ringer has Filipowski at No. 28 on Kevin O'Connor's big board

One of the key factors that make Filipowski a polarizing prospect this year is the question of his role in the NBA. The concept of a seven-footer who can contribute in various aspects of the game, especially on offense with his passing and floor-spacing ability, is highly appealing. However, Filipowski isn't elite at one particular skill, which could potentially limit his NBA potential to that of a role player. 

If the Blazers took Filipowski here, they’d be likely betting on his ability to be a stretch four as someone who shot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc this season. In this scenario in which they select Holland at No. 7, the Blazers could potentially move forward with this group as their future starting lineup:

  • PG: Scoot Henderson
  • SG: Shaedon Sharpe
  • SF: Ron Holland
  • PF: Toumani Camara/Kyle Filipowski
  • C: Deandre Ayton

Filipowski could provide insurance for the injury-prone Robert Williams III as someone who can also play center for stretches.