2024 NBA Draft: 1 crucial skill each player mocked to the Blazers would provide

These players selected by Portland in mock drafts would fill various needs for Rip City.
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Cody Williams
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Cody Williams: Versatility

One of the Trail Blazers’ most significant roster weaknesses is their lack of versatility. Their current roster consists of too many one-dimensional players with redundant skill sets. As a result, this makes it even more challenging for head coach Chauncey Billups since they don’t have as much lineup flexibility as other teams. The Blazers must address this issue this summer; selecting someone like Colorado’s Cody Williams could be a significant step in the right direction to give them another dimension to their roster.

Williams has great positional length at 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan and can potentially develop into a well-rounded forward at the next level. He already has solid ballhandling for his size and possesses intriguing potential as a do-it-all forward. The Blazers would benefit from Williams’ versatility; he’d be a great fit to complement Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe as their foundational core going forward.

Similarly to Ron Holland, Williams could be in play for the Blazers at either pick No. 7 or No. 14. However, it seems a bit more unlikely that he falls to the end of the lottery than Holland, especially with the Oklahoma City Thunder selecting at No. 12, who already have Cody’s brother, Jalen Williams.