2014 NBA draft: No picks, no problem for Portland Trail Blazers

Meyers Leonard Thomas Robinson

NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox tells us why having no picks in the 2014 NBA draft is no problem for Rip City. With LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard leading the way, PDX needs help off the bench. With guys such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland and Will Barton already in the second unit, that help must come from free agency, the draft or internal growth.

Grading Neil Olshey’s first year with the Portland Trail Blazers

Neil Olshey

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson grades Neil Olshey’s first year as the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Coming to the Blazers from the Clippers, Olshey had to deal with an organization that was in a rut and in a mess. All he did was execute two outstanding drafts while securing talent that will help push Portland into the playoffs in the near future. He missed on Roy Hibbert, helped secure JJ Hickson, retained Nicolas Batum, and secured several veterans.

Portland Trail Blazers: Grades and analysis for 2013 NBA draft

CJ McCollum

ESPN Editor Bryant Knox recaps the 2013 NBA draft for the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite rumors swirling before the event, Portland’s night was relatively uneventful. However, uneventful isn’t a bad thing when you improve. With the No. 10 pick, Neil Olshey and Paul Allen chose PG C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh.

Under-the-radar picks the Blazers could end up with

Shane Larkin

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013 NBA Draft and breaks down which players could be sleepers. Shane Larkin, Shabazz Muhammad, Giannia Antetokounmpo and Ricky Ledo all make the list. Oregon’s E.J. Singler also makes the list, although as a second-round prospect, or even a free-agent acquisition. If Portland really wants to take a chance at 10, Muhammad could very well be the guy…

Players the Trail Blazers should target with #10 pick

Kentavius Caldwell-Pope is as good as his name sounds (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about what five players he would like to see drafted by the Blazers with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. There is a mixed bunch drafted at number 10, but judging by history, the odds of drafting at least a role player is pretty high. All the Blazers need is a role player. They need someone to come off the bench and score some points. Targets look like Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Top five draft busts in Portland Trail Blazers history

Greg-Oden-Injury

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes a trip down memory lane and recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ five worst draft picks in franchise history. Greg Oden, Sam Bowie, LaRue Martin, Martell Webster and Sebastian Telfair all make the list. With the 2013 draft right around the corner, let’s hope Portland grabs someone closer in talent and potential to Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.

The national media predicts the Portland Trail Blazers draft…

Muhammad could potentially become a Blazer (US Presswire)

NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down who the Portland Trail Blazers are expected to draft according to the national media. ESPN, CBS, Sports Illustrated and Hoopsworld are just a few of the publications. Players on Portland’s radar are Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, Alex Len, Kantavious Caldwell-Pope and the Northwest’s own Kelly Olynyk. With money to spend, free agency will be a hot topic around PDX as well this offseason. Stay tuned.

Losing Kings record could land Seattle with number 1 pick

Cody Zeller Indiana

NWSB Insider and Seattle SuperSonics blogger Clinton Bell gives us his two choices for lottery picks the future Sonics should take a hard look at come July. Cody Zeller, and Nerlens Noel lead Clinton’s picks for much needed big man help on this Kings/Sonics roster. DeMarcus Cousins has the ability to be an All-Star for many years, but he needs a little help up front. Zeller has the offensive ability the Kings lack up front, while Noel is a defensive mastermind that will help on the low post.

Predicting the Portland Trail Blazers offense under Terry Stotts

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in with some predictions for the offense in Rip City in 2012 under Terry Stotts. The season could be full of rough patches, as the team will enter with a young, inexperienced roster, but know right now that even if the team can’t find success right away, they’re going to put on display a far more entertaining brand of basketball in 2013. The utilization of LaMarcus Aldridge should be nothing new.

Welcome to Portland Meyers Leonard…Illinois center

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Meyers Leonard, Portland’s second pick in the 1st round of the 2012 NBA Draft (11th overall). After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting Meyers Leonard from Illinois with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Leonard’s greatest strength is probably his size and ability.

Welcome to Portland Damian Lillard…Weber St. point guard

Portland Trailblazers

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Damian Lillard, Portland’s 1st pick in the 2012 NBA Drat (6th overall). After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting ​Damian Lillard ​from Weber State with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He can hit shots from anywhere on the court, drive to the lane, and rebound.

Welcome to Portland Will Barton… Memphis shooting guard

Will Barton

NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Will Burton, Portland’s second round pick out of the University of Memphis in the 2012 NBA Draft. After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting Will Barton from Illinois with the 40th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Though he may be an average player in the NBA, Barton can nonetheless contribute significantly to the Blazers.

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