Blazers 2nd Round Draft 2008
While the rest of the NBA world speculates on the first round of the NBA Draft, we here at the OG feel little to no time has been spent looking at the possible 2nd round picks the Blazers have. 2nd round picks are usually gamble picks, a guy you can take a chance on and possibly bring on once camp is done, or a guy you can stash away in the D-League, or Europe for a few years. Since KP has taken over the helm of the Blazers he has used 2nd round picks to: keep on the team (Josh McRoberts), trade during the year (Taurean Green), to acquire and then quickly trade away in the same draft (James White, 2006), and on and on…..Basically the second round pick can be a gem (Manu Ginobili, Michael Redd, Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, Carlos Boozer) or a bust (Khalid El-Amin, God Shamgod).
While we own the 13th overall pick in this upcoming draft, we hold 3 second rounds picks. All of our 2nd picks are courtesy of trades KP has made in past years. We actually do not hold our own pick, it was part of a previous trade, but hold 3 picks from other teams (33 from the Grizzlies, 36th from the Knicks, 55th from the Suns)…funny how these things happen.
For sake of argument lets say the Blazers use all three picks, or at least one of them. Who would we take? Most times GMs use the “best of the rest” principal in the 2nd round. This makes sense since it is a gamble you might as well not draft on need as much as talent. Former GM John Nash liked to use the “gamble on size” in the second round. That landed us Ha Seung-Jin….thanks John no wonder you got fired the day before ’06 draft. Whatever you plan in the 2nd round may be it is important to do your homework because you can look like a genius when you select Manu with the second to last pick in the draft.
Here are some options, assuming the Blazers take a second round pick:
Kyle Weaver SG/PG Wash. St. Sr. 6-5, 201
“Big guard withthe versatility to play both guard positions … Plays PG for Washington State and handles anddistributes the ball very well … His ability to run the point guard position at least within the rotation on the next level makes him intriguing … Very long, his wingspan gives him added length andmakes him a tough assignment on bothends of the floor … An excellent defender with a chance to get a lot better if he continues to work at it … Has a quick first step and a solid handle enabling him to get into the lane for shots or dishes to teammates … Has good vision and passing ability … Competitive, tough nosed player who raises his level of play in big games … His overall quickness and athleticism allows him to get by opponents and make plays that players his size aren’t normally capable of … Hard worker who showed a great deal of improvement in his junior season … Solid free throw shooter at 77%.” (NBA Draft.net)
Omer Asik PF/C Turkey 7-0, 220
“Consistency is his calling card as he always gives his team some points and an equal share of rebounds while being a capable shot blocker at the Euroleaguelevel (should be able to be a solid shot blocker at the NBA level as well) … Center seems to be his natural position as he loves playing with his back to the basket possessing a good assortment of moves to get his shot off … He is a tenacious rebounder going for the offensive boards as well as wiping the defensive glass … A late bloomer who has progressed considerably over the last 2 years. He possesses a good reach and good hands, and his frame appears to be able to add weight.” (NBA Draft.net)
Ronalds Zakis SF Latvia 6-9, 230
If you can speak Latvian then you can know more about this guy….http://www.basket.lv/jauniesu_izlases/speletaji/ronalds_zakis
Ryan Anderson PF Cal, 6-10, 240
“A highly versatile big man who can score near the basket or outside the three-point arc, Anderson emerged as one of the top freshmen in the country last season … paced the Bears in both scoring and rebounding as a rookie, shooting 38.2 percent from three-point range (58-152) and79.8 percent from the free throw line (103-129) … produced eight games with at least 20 points, including a high of 27 points vs. Oregon State in the Pac-10 Tournament … a member of the 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 … also chosen a second-team Freshman All-American by Basketball Times … named All-District 14 by the NABC … most natural position is power forward, but was forced to play center much of his freshman campaign after starter DeVon Hardin hurt his foot in the year’s 11thgame … should benefit from increased depth at the post position this season … attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp over the summer.” (CalBears.cstv.com)
Mario Chalmers PG/SG Kansas 6-1. 190
“A two-year starter who broke a 26-year KU record by recording 97 steals in 2006-07… Was named 2007 co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first year the award was selected… Has led the Big 12 in steals his freshman andsophomore seasons… Has been named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team each of the last two seasons… One of 30 players invited to try out for Team USA at the Pan Am Games in summer 2007… Will contend for postseason accolades as he received many following his freshman and sophomore campaigns… Has a great court sense and can play either guard spot.” (kuathletics.cstv.com)
Sonny Weems SG/SF Arkansas 6-6, 201
“An intriguing prospect with developing skills … A ridiculous run/jump athlete who thrives in the open floor, up tempo game … High riser who regularly converts on highlight dunks … Shows nice touch on his shot … Slashes to the basket well with long arms and good body control … Playing alongside a good point guard really enhances his strengths as he is very good at running back door and converting ally oops … A solid free throw shooter (80%) … Has really improved as a three point shooter … Shows a great deal of potential as his skills are steadily catching up to his athleticism … Quick hands and feet make him a quality on ball defender … Solid defender who gathers a good deal of steals with his long arms and anticipation … Explosive leaper who jumps better off two feet.” (NBA Draft.net)
The one to watch for: Mike Taylor PG/SG Idaho Stampede 6-2, 190
We don’t see the Blazers taking this guy since he has had major problems with the law. But trust us, this guy will be the one guy who makes it, or the best 2nd round pick this year. He was the best player on the Stampede last year, and the reason they won the DL Championship. His time in the NBA DL gives him a much better advantage playing among more NBA caliber players then most 2nd round picks. He is lightening fast, can score, rebound for his position, and will be a player in the rotation next year…mark this and remember us when you see it happen during the season (just read the link about his pre-draft workouts).
The One To Stay Away From: DeAndre Jordan C Texas A&M 7-0, 250
Every year NBA Scouts, GMs, and bloggers get jacked up about some “promising big man with potential.” You hear the mantra “you can’t coach size” and you see these big men fail year in and year out. This year’s draft bust is DeAndre Jordan. Some foolish team in the lottery is going to gamble on this guy and he will end up like Chris Anstey (oh wait we drafted that guy, good thing we traded him). Again, mark our words and hold us to them when the season wears on you will see the truth in our words. So, why do we mention this potential lottery pick in an entry about 2nd round picks? Because this guy belongs in the 2nd round. He is no better than Ha is, or was. In the last 5 games of his NCAA career he had one DNP, played 5 minutes vs Kansas St, 4 minutes vs Kansas, 5 minutes vs BYUin the first round of the tournament, and 15 minutes vs UCLA in the second round loss. If Mark Turgeon wont play him many minutes in important games what makes anyone think he can play in the NBA?
So, who do you think we will take with a second round pick? Remember, we are assuming we will take one!
Lets hear it!