NBA Draft 2010: After Trade, What Is Portland Trailblazer’s Draft Strategy?

June 21st, 2010 by AJ Brady Leave a reply »
There has been speculation that the Blazers will be active in the draft this year, considering GM Kevin Pritchard's willingness to do whatever trading it takes to get who he wants.

Today, he began the moves by trading the 44th pick and cash to the Warriors for the 34th pick. Question is, will they use that pick to move up? Do they want to take someone with it?

Although the Blazers are a deep team, they do a few needs. Those on the list including a long-term point guard, backup/insurance policy at center/power forward, and a shooter.

There are a few shooters, like Luke Babbit or Avery Bradley, they could draft if they moved up. But I think they would be better served waiting to sign a shooter, as there are plenty of them in the free agent market.

This draft is very short on point guards after John Wall, but there are a few who could be steals. Perhaps this is why Portland moved up in the 2nd round?

Andre Miller has been solid for Portland, but he lacks shooting skills and athleticism, and is not getting any younger. Jerryd Bayless has shown flashes, but doesn't appear to be a pure point guard and also lacks shooting skills. ...

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