Ranking top 5 draft prospects for Portland Trail Blazers' pick No. 14

The Blazers should target these prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft if they are available at pick No. 14.
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4. Devin Carter

As the draft gets closer, Devin Carter is someone whose stock continues to rise, and it wouldn't even be surprising if a team drafts him in the top ten. He has everything you look for in a guard prospect and is an exceptionally well-rounded player. Offensively, he's a capable floor spacer and sound decision-maker. Defensively, Carter is a pesky on-ball defender. He's another high-floor pick due to his two-way skillset, allowing him to make an impact even if he's not an elite scorer in the NBA.

The one knock on Carter is his age; he's 22 and may not have the elite upside as some other prospects projected to go in the lottery. Carter would make sense for the Blazers if they moved one or both of Malcolm Brogdon and Anfernee Simons. He could be an ideal combo guard coming off the bench for Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe. While a bit undersized at 6-foot-2, Carter's 42-inch vertical makes up for some of the concern to play both guard positions at the next level.

The size isn't a concern as much as his shooting. If Carter is a below-average shooter like he was his first two seasons at Providence, his upside will be limited, and he will likely be a situational role player. But, if Carter can shoot like he did his Junior year at Providence, connecting on 37.7 percent of his threes, he will be a draft-day steal.