Portland Second Round Pick (31)
The 2013 NBA Draft came and went last night in a spectacle that produced many surprises, the greatest of which was Nerlens Noel falling to the 6th pick after being projected as the first pick. But, as was mentioned countless times leading up to this year’s draft, there were numerous players who could have easily been taken with the No. 1 pick.
The Blazers went into the draft looking to continue stockpiling talent, and they did just that.
With their second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, at 31st overall, Portland selected:
Name: Allen Crabbe
Position: Shooting Guard
Weight: 197 lbs.
Allen Crabbe Drafted 31st Overall in the Second Round
Fans of the Blazers may already be acquainted with Crabbe, especially if they are also fans of any Pac-12 team. A standout at California, Portland was fortunate enough to have their sole trade of the 2013 NBA Draft really payoff.
The 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Third team All-American (NABC, TSN) selection, Crabbe surprisingly fell to the Cavaliers with the first pick in the second round, and he was eventually traded to Portland for two future second round picks. Boasting an above average jumper that he can shoot quickly, Crabbe brings the kind of height typical to the shooting guard position.
Though there are more than a few people knocking the pick because of his lack of versatility and inherent athletic ability, Crabbe’s upside is tremendous, leading me to believe that he is a big sleeper pick who could emerge as a standout player for the Blazers. I know he doesn’t have all the athletic tools right now, but he should be able to develop into a more well-rounded player who can contribute on defense as well.
Likely selected due to this upside and the fact that he can fire the quick jumper from distance when called upon, Crabbe is versatile on the offensive front but still needs to develop a better defensive mindset to be considered a well-rounded player. I won’t look for him to start just yet, but will expect him to be a significant player in the coming years.
“At the next level, when Crabbe will no longer be the focus of defenses, he could be an even more efficient player. He’s not a guard you isolate at the top of the key and expect to draw a double team, but he would be an excellent backcourt partner for a ball-dominant point guard.” – Jonathan Tjarks